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His name means Servant of Jehovah.
Map of the Middle East during the time of Judah, Israel & Edom:
Numbers 20:14-17 “This message is from your relatives, the people of Israel: You know all the hardships we have been through, and that our ancestors went down to Egypt…Please let us pass through your country. We will be careful not to go through your fields and vineyards. We won’t even drink water from your wells. We will stay on the king’s road and never leave it until we have crossed the opposite border.”
As a matter of fact, here is a photo of what Edom looks like today!
So, what was it that Edom did that stirred the wrath of God?
and what can we learn from them?
- They Wouldn’t let it go: forgiveness
Genesis 27:41 Esau hated Jacob because he had stolen his blessing, and he said to himself, “My father will soon be dead and gone. Then I will kill Jacob.”
And Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:5 Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
- They Wouldn’t help: compassion
Here’s how Obadiah describes it in v. 11-12,” For you deserted your relatives in Israel during their time of greatest need. You stood aloof, refusing to lift a finger to help when foreign invaders carried off their wealth and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem. You acted as though you were one of Israel’s enemies
. “You shouldn’t have done this! You shouldn’t have gloated when they exiled your relatives to distant lands. You shouldn’t have rejoiced because they were suffering such misfortune. You shouldn’t have crowed over them as they suffered these disasters.”
James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it”.
- They Wouldn’t serve God: relationship
Exodus 3:6 Then God said, “I am the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
1 Chronicles 28:9. . . get to know the God of your ancestors. Worship and serve him with your whole heart and with a willing mind. For the Lord sees every heart and understands and knows every plan and thought. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.
So, where Are You at Today?
In your forgiveness…
your relationship with God.
Only YOU can answer those questions.