God and the “Edoms” of this world

5 06 2009
The Treasury at Petra

The Treasury at Petra

The shortest Book in the Old Testament is about a very big topic. Why would God care about how a pagan nation like Edom acts? Briefly He cares for three reasons.

  • He hates pride. Edom believed their fortress of Petra was beyond attack. It might have been, but not by God.
  • Edom failed to show the common decency that any human should offer to another.  When refugees from Israel flooded their border, the Edomites took advantage of them, stole from them and sent some back to be slaughtered.
  • Edom failed to seek the good of Israel. God’s promise to Abraham still holds true: those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.

Perhaps our nation could learn a thing or two from the words of the prophet Obediah.  America is not indestructible.  America must again help the helpless.   And America must remember our privilege of being a true friend of the Nation of Israel.


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