Morning Devotion November 25, 2009 Obadiah
Obadiah was a prophet in Israel around the time of Jeremiah and the Babylonian Captivity. His message is against Edom – a long time enemy of Israel from the time when they refused to allow Israel passage through their territory on the way to the Promised Land during the Exodus (see Number 20). This denial and the ongoing hostility against Israel was made even more reprehensible by the fact that the people of Edom (descendants of Esau) and the people of Israel (Jacob) were related.
This morning I want to focus on just one small part of this very short book – verses 15-17.
“The day of the Lord is near
for all nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you;
your deeds will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank on my holy hill,
so all the nations will drink continually;
they will drink and drink
and be as if they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance;
it will be holy,
and the house of Jacob
will possess its inheritance.”
Just as this prophecy was directed at Edom, so it is directed at us also. In our own relationships with each other we are often hostile and uncaring. We delight at a rival’s failure. We forget that Jesus said not only “Love your neighbour”, He also said, “Love your enemy.” As Christ Followers we need to remember that we too are sinners (once fallen, now forgiven) and that our followership in Christ expects us to walk in His steps. He loved the sinners but hated the self-righteous (we often do it the other way round!)
The day of the Lord is near for ALL nations, and as you have done, so will it be done to you. We are being called to a new life (call it revival, if you like) where the deliverance on Mount Zion (see it as the Cross at Calvary) calls us to holiness and to take hold of our inheritance. We need to drink and drink the life giving water on God’s holy hill and be as if we had never been – made new, restored, forgiven and given a whole new life.