Daily Devotional: Monday 4th May

by William Moody

Obadiah 17–21

17   But in Mount Zion there shall be those who escape,
    and it shall be holy,
  and the house of Jacob shall possess their own possessions.
18   The house of Jacob shall be a fire,
    and the house of Joseph a flame,
    and the house of Esau stubble;
  they shall burn them and consume them,
    and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau,
      for the LORD has spoken.

The Kingdom of the Lord

19   Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau,
    and those of the Shephelah shall possess the land of the Philistines;
  they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria,
    and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20   The exiles of this host of the people of Israel
    shall possess the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath,
  and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad
    shall possess the cities of the Negeb.
21   Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion
    to rule Mount Esau,
    and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.

(ESV)

God in His dealings in this world has normally two things in mind: justice for the wicked and deliverance for the righteous. These two things will be working hand in hand here in regards Israel and Edom.

Israel will know deliverance (v17). Part of the reason for allowing Israel to experience trial and then deliverance is to produce holiness, a people set apart for God.

God’s people will again take possession of the land (v19-20). Here is great hope being spoken to an exiled people. In dark days we must find hope in God’s promises.

At the same time as deliverance comes for Israel, judgment comes on Edom (v18). Those who oppose God’s people only do so for a while, then the tables will be turned at the final judgment.

The final fulfilment of v21 has to be in Christ. (Psalm 110 v1-6; Eph. 1 v18-23)

Here we have the clear message that there is the God who is to be feared, but in Him alone there is also true and lasting hope to be found. Christ delivers His people, conquers His enemies, those who trust share in this.

Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®),
copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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