Two brothers were up to write their professional examinations. The younger brother passed his exams with distinction but the other could not. Taking advantage of his success, he started gloating about his victory at the expense of his brothers misery.
Unknown to both brother, their names were recommended for a position in a company. They both arrived at the company headquarters for the interview, and that was where they knew they were both on for the same job. Confidently enough, the younger brother knew the job was his for the taking, cos he had the certificate. During the interview, the elder brother showerd he had experience from his service on church and other volunteering jobs he had done and the younger brother only relied on his professional certificate.
Two weeks later, they both received their responses from the interview panel. The elder brother had gotten the job. The comment from the panel was that, “although he had failed his professional exams, he had the attitude and character the company needs to achieve its goals”.
This was God’s imagery in the message He was delivering through Obadiah. The people of Edom had relied on their refuge (mountains), possessions and allies; and had dealt treacherously with their brethren (people of Israel). Although they had some encounters in the past (Ref: Num. 20:14-22; 1 Samuel 14:47; 2 Samuel 8:13,14; 1 Kings 11:14-22; 2 Kings 8:20-22; 2 Chron. 28:16-18), God was still expecting them to give away their brothers to their enemies nor rejoice over their captivity and failures.
Possibly in response to the prayer of the Psalmist (Psalm 137:7), God reprimanded Edom for their actions. They gloated, rejoiced, spoke arrogantly, plundered the land of Israel, seized their wealth, stood at the crossroads and killed all those who were trying to escape for their lives, and even captured the survivors and delivered them to their enemies (Obadiah 1: 12-14). So God told them that He was going to strip them from their refuge, take away their possessions and turn their allies against them (Obadiah 1:4-9).
Don’t rejoice when a brother goes through difficult times. Out of love, help the person to get back to his feet. Mocking them for their downfall only sets you up for failure. The story may change and you will need the help of the others. Don’t rely on your securities (refuge, wealth and allies) and treat your fellows in disdain. Thank God for what you have received from Him in Christ Jesus, and help those who are yet to recover from their feet. This is because of what God told the people of Israel after what they went through in the hands of the Edomites:
But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and Jacob will possess his inheritance. Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame; Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him. There will be no survivors from Esau.” The Lord has spoken.Obadiah 17-18
Let love lead us in all that we do. Do enjoy a blessed day and be a blessing to someone today.
Thank you Father for your word that I have received today. Thank you for all the blessing that I have received from you through CHRIST JESUS. Forgive me for all the times I have looked down and treated treacherously my friends, families and enemies. I pray that you will grant me the grace to love amidst the desire to repay the evil others have done to me. May I live as Christ lived and love other like CHRIST loved me unconditionally. In the name of CHRIST I have prayed with thanksgiving.
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