July 1: Obadiah 1 & Psalms 82 & 83
1 Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom:
We have heard a report from the Lord,
and a messenger has been sent among the nations:
“Rise up! Let us rise against her for battle!”
2 Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
you shall be utterly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,
in your lofty dwelling,
who say in your heart,
“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle,
though your nest is set among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,
declares the Lord.
10 Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob,
shame shall cover you,
and you shall be cut off forever.
11 On the day that you stood aloof,
on the day that strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations.
As you have done, it shall be done to you;
your deeds shall return on your own head.
Obadiah 1:1-4 & 10-11
1 O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
2 For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
3 They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.
4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
16 Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the Lord,
are the Most High over all the earth.
Psalm 83:1-4 & 16-18
Most High God
Peace in the Mideast! Is that even possible? Since Biblical times, as a matter of fact since Isaac and Ishmael, and Jacob and Esau, Israel has warred with its neighboring "relatives." When Israel was once again established as a nation in 1948, it should come as no surprise that the animosity would continue.
Obadiah is relating a vision of the persecution of the Jewish people by the Edomites (descendants of Esau); their time to persecute the Jewish nation would be numbered. It almost seems an idle threat, however, when one considers the number of years that have gone by since Obadiah's vision.
Does that make the truth any less real? It is so important that Christians do not adopt an apathetic attitude toward Christ and their service to God. Time is short! The days of this world are numbered. The Bible tells us that near the end of time there will be wars and rumors of wars, and earthquakes in diverse places. What has already happened in 2008? The numbers of tornadoes in the US has already doubled that of previous years, and it is only the first of July!
What about world-wide catastrophes? We have seen earthquakes that have killed millions in China, typhoons in the Philippines, and floods in the Midwestern United States. As a matter of fact, here in Iowa we had the "200 year" flood in 1993, and now only fifteen years later, we are having a "500 year" flood.
I was born shortly after the end of World War II; in the almost 60 years I have lived, there has not hardly been a time without nations warring against one another. When will it end? When will we finally have world peace?
World peace will come, but it will come at the hand of the Lord, our Most High God. At that time, all nations will be subdued under His feet, and His children will live to see a peace never before possible.
I am so easily overcome by my immediate difficulties, that these are things I need to consider more often. Pray today that your eyes will be forever turned the Lord, the Most High God!
God Bless You,
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.