Day 15

Future Blessing

Obadiah 1:1-21, Genesis 27:41-42, Ezekiel 25:12-14

BY Amanda Bible Williams

Scripture Reading: Obadiah 1:1-21, Genesis 27:41-42, Ezekiel 25:12-14

I am reading Obadiah from the front porch swing just before dark. It’s raining, as it has been all afternoon, though from my last glance at the forecast, I would have sworn today would be sunny and warm. That’s the way forecasts work—for weather and politics, finances and medical prognoses. They are guesses, by definition. But I still check the weather each day when I wake, to see if something bright or somber brews beyond the clouds.

We’ve heard that knowledge is power, so we look to those with more wisdom and experience than us to divvy out the forecasts. We look to them to tell us what to do, how to think, how to prevent, how to plan. And most of them do their honest best to deliver. Even so, not a single soul can keep the rain from falling.

No meteorologist can predict the path of every storm. No politician has perfect policy. No surgeon can conquer every cancer. No matter how lofty our intellect and noble our cause, none of us is God.

We know this in our heads, but sometimes—oftentimes—our hearts forget.

The Minor Prophets in the Old Testament proclaim God’s judgment on many nations, but the tiny book of Obadiah calls out only one—Edom. Edom is the nation descended from Esau, son of Isaac and twin brother of Jacob. And though Edom’s sins were surely many, Obadiah’s prophecy focuses on one sin that seems to be the root of all their others: pride.

Your arrogant heart has deceived you,
you who live in clefts of the rock
in your home on the heights,
who say to yourself,
“Who can bring me down to the ground?” (vv.3-4).

Edom had grown haughty in their position and power. They felt—and acted—untouchable, invincible. And while they indeed held a privileged position among their neighboring nations, they were not beyond the reach of the sovereign Lord of all nations.

Though you seem to soar like an eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
even from there I will bring you down.
This is the Lord’s declaration (v.4).

History, Scripture included, is filled with rulers and nations like Edom who failed to wield their power wisely. King Saul was lauded as a wise and good king at the start of his reign, but he later turned his back on God, endangering his people and losing his throne (1 Samuel 13). King David was beloved by his people, but his moral failure had disastrous consequences and his own son led a rebellion against him (2 Samuel 11). King Herod was so disillusioned by his power that he ordered a massacre of children in his kingdom (Matthew 2:16).

These examples may feel extreme or distant to our modern sensibilities, but they point to a truth that still stands: There is only one God worthy of our trust, one King worthy of our worship.

The Lord promises that Edom—and all nations—will get their due. They’d mocked their neighbors in distress; they’d lorded their position of power over others; they’d failed to offer justice and compassion. Perhaps we have, too. Thanks be to God for Jesus, the one who lived a life of justice, compassion, and righteousness in our place, then took the punishment for our injustice, pride, and sin upon Himself. Only in Him can we find the peace others seek in power, policy, health, and wealth. Only He gives the blessing and home our hearts long for.

Humans will fall and plans will fail, but the kingdom will be the Lord’s.

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43 thoughts on "Future Blessing"

  1. Claire Faith says:

    This hit home today! So many decisions in our lives are based around the wisdom of others, especially at the moment with Covid restrictions….none of them are God! Whatever happens God is in control! Have mercy on us Lord!

  2. Obadiah says:

    73019 @ 400am As i sit here and read this just today…Oh how He has opened mine own eyes to the truth of myself, and pride has been such a slave master to me. Thank you Father, that unlike Esau your Mercy is new, your Grace is sufficient and Your perfect love for me is so real that you would open my eyes to see myself, that you would open mine ears to hear truth. Confessions today, repentance today in Jesus name. Amen

  3. Ashley says:

    It’s mind-blowing to me that God punished Esau’s descendants for the violence Esau did to his brother Jacob (“For thy violence against they brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.” v. 10). Just goes to show that vengeance truly belongs to God.

  4. Carrie says:

    No quisteon this is the place to get this info, thanks y’all.

  5. Anna says:

    The story of Jacob and Esau has always been a hard one for me to wrap my head around. Jacob, essentially, gets the blessing of the Lord, the blessing of the first born and a life of walking in intimate knowledge of the most High God through deception. This deception, prophesied at their birth, create a long feud between the brothers and their people. I’m currently living in SEAsia and inhabit a country that has been deeply hurt by a neighbouring country many years ago. Even though the population that was directed affect has long since passed, the hatred is still vibrant today. I wonder if this was the case with Edom? How much anger was stored in their hearts because of blessings that were “stolen” generations ago? I love that you pointed out that it wasn’t their family feud that the Lord hated greatly, but their pride and arrogance. I still struggle with the Lord allowing Jacob to steal from Esau and their families wrestle with that generational sin for decades. Where was the restoration for Esau, how was his anger and hurt met? Thank you for always bring such great light to the Word, ladies!

    1. Kylee says:

      Agree, I would love to see some light shed on this subject as the Jacob/Essau feud has always been a head-scratcher to me! WHY was Jacob allowed to steal his blessing? WHY did that behavior get rewarded?

      1. hapnian says:

        The deception begins with a lack of trust and obedience on Rebekah’s part. When those crazy babies were jostling in her womb and she asked why, God answered: 23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” Jacob had been promised a blessing and in Rebekah’s finite human ability to attain God’s will, she meddled. This then led to Jacob needing to flee (to his mother’s brother who was also a trickster: enter Leah/Rachel). Meanwhile God changed Esau’s heart so that when Jacob had to return (post-wrestling match with God since he also had focused on his own desires rather than God’s plan) he received forgiveness instead of wrath. Man’s meddling led to year’s of hardship, which God still turned for good and used as one of the most beautiful examples of restoration.

    2. Haven says:

      I heard a great sermon on this! It said that Esau sold his birthright because he despised it, or didn’t value it. He despised God and rejected God, and God’s promises, and so he didn’t belong to God, and didn’t deserve his blessings

  6. Sarina says:

    I did the same for my kids. My daughter is almost 23 and son is almost 19. However I am trusting Jesus for His work in their lives. My daughter accepted Jesus but is drifting away from Him and my son also doesn’t believe. Please pray for my children. I am waiting for the day when both of them will joyfully worship Jesus and surrender their lives into His hands.

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Hi Sarina, thank you so much for being willing to share this. We are lifting your family up in prayer today. So glad to have you in this community with us. <3 - Abby, The SRT Team

  7. theo says:

    it is so easy right now to point the pride out in others, today, the finger turned toward me and my own pride and my need of a Savior, always and first.

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