Daily Devotional Saturday 2nd May

by William Moody

Obadiah 5–9

  If thieves came to you,
    if plunderers came by night—
    how you have been destroyed!—
    would they not steal only enough for themselves?
  If grape gatherers came to you,
    would they not leave gleanings?
  How Esau has been pillaged,
    his treasures sought out!
  All your allies have driven you to your border;
    those at peace with you have deceived you;
  they have prevailed against you;
    those who eat your bread1 have set a trap beneath you—
    you have2 no understanding.
  Will I not on that day, declares the LORD,
    destroy the wise men out of Edom,
    and understanding out of Mount Esau?
  And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman,
    so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.

Footnotes

[1] 1:7 Hebrew lacks those who eat
[2] 1:7 Hebrew he has

(ESV)

Having thieves stealing from you at night is a horrible experience, yet the Lord teaches here that for the Edomites; thieves would have been a much more pleasant experience than what they would endure (v5). Even their hidden treasures will be found (v6). The Edomites’ friends would turn on them and drive them out of the land (v7). In about 300BC the Nabataean Arabs drove them out and forced them to live in the Negev to the west.

Losing everything, judgement that is complete, being driven out, what we have here is a small picture of the final judgment and hell.

Two main trade routes passed through Edom and this gave it a very international feel with many ideas from around the world coming to it. This caused the Edomites to pride themselves on their wisdom. The Lord declares that their so called wisdom would be destroyed (v8).

There is a worldly wisdom which people take pride in, but it works against and blinds people to the true wisdom which is found in God (1 Cor. 1 v26-31).

The Edomites wisdom and their military strength will be brought to nothing (v9). Teman was the name of Esau’s grandson and one of Edom’s main cities.

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