Day One Hundred Sixty, Obadiah
Today’s reading contains Obadiah’s prophecy against Edom.
If you will recall back in Genesis, Edom was another name of Esau, Jacob’s (Israel’s) older brother, and the Edomites are Esau’s descendants.
You would hope that the Edomites and the Israelites would be able to get along, considering the actions of their ancestors. I mean, let’s be honest, things got off to a really rocky start when Jacob forced his starving older brother to sell him his birthright for a bowl of stew. And if that wasn’t bad enough, things took a turn for the worse when Jacob flat-out stole Esau’s blessing. Things were so bad that Jacob literally ran for his life. He was gone for years…and still, when he was to meet back up with Esau, he still feared for his life.
However, even these two were able to reconcile with each other. They were able to let go of past mistakes, forgive each other, and accept each other as brothers. Why can’t their descendants take a page or two from their fathers’ books? I don’t know.
But Obadiah’s message to the Edomites is that they will reap what they sow. It is a message, though, that we all can pay attention to, as they are told, “You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction…As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.”