Saturday, November 13, 2010
Reading Obadiah 10-14
This concept of the brotherhood of believers is given to contrast the egregious sin committed by Edom. Edom was guilty of "an aggravated lack of brotherhood." This terrible sin developed from the immense pride of the Edomites. (verses 1-9)
Verses 10-14: Edom's Problem
"Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob..." (10)
The gravity of this sin is seen in the fact that it was committed against those who were related to them. The Edomites were descendants of Esau. He was one of the twin boys of Isaac. The Jewish nation had descended for Jacob and the Edomites descended from Esau. These two "nations" were brothers. Any ill treatment by either nation against the other was considered by God to be extremely sinful.
Deuteronomy 23:7 warned the Jewish people very sternly, "You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother." Obadiah 11 describes the fact that the Edomites refused to help the Jews when they were being ransacked and carried away into Babylon. By their refusal to help it was as if they had sided with Babylon and participated in the horrible crimes committed against the Jews by the Babylonians.
There is a very interesting word play in the Hebrew in verse 13. The Hebrew word translated disaster and calamity when used in the third-person plural masculine pronoun sounds very much like Edom. Through this seemingly similar sounding words, God hints that the active participation of Edom in the plunder of Israel was the same as if they were fully responsible for the disaster or calamity.
As a result of their "direct" involvement in the fall of Jerusalem God will bring irreversible destruction upon the Edomites. In other words, God would treat Edom as Edom treated his brother Israel. Edom's pride led to Edom's problem. Being deceived in their hearts that they were superior and invincible led them to treat their brother as if they were an enemy instead of a beloved family member.
What does it mean? It means that we treat our family, brothers or sisters in a sinful manner, in a manner opposite of how we should treat them. We are to love our brother. As a matter of fact, our love toward other believers, who are our brothers, is a test of whether we are truly born again or not. We should defend, encourage, serve, and protect our brother - not despise them, hate them, plunder them, and participate in their hurt.
I was once in a church business meeting during a heated argument in which one member turned to another member - both supposedly related in Christ by His blood - and said, "Shut up and sit down, when you have been here as long as I have, then maybe you can say something." I have seen brothers gloat over the troubles of other brothers in the body. How can this be?
Edom's Problem according to verses 10-14 was their evil treatment against their own brothers. The refused to help defend them, they joined in the plunder, they took great joy in Israel's demise, and they even turned survivors to the enemy. God charged Israel with doing wrong by failing to do right. It was Edom's duty to come to the aid of their brother.
Our duty, beloved, is to come to the aid of our brothers in Christ. Never suffer for failing to do the right thing when it comes to the family of God. We can't over look sin or failure but we love and help all of our brothers when and where we can.
30 Days of Thanksgiving
I am thankful for the brothers and sisters in the body of Christ who have been my help, strength, encouragement, and blessing through the years that I have been a believer! As Gaither wrote,"You will notice we say "brother and sister" 'round here, It's because we're a family and these are so near; When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
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