Israel’s Final Triumph

The great Christian reformer, Martin Luther, in fact, once spent three days in a black depression over something that had gone wrong. On the third day his wife came downstairs dressed in mourning clothes. “Who’s dead?” he asked her. “God,” she replied. Luther … More


At this point in the book we find a change of emphasis. There is an extension of the theme of divine judgment from one specific enemy nation, Edom, to all the nations. A description is given of how all foreign nations hostile to the Lord’s people, will be consumed. Judgment is first portrayed through the imagery of drunkenness. The army after a victory would often have much rich spoil, including food and drink from the defeated enemy. However their carousing would soon be turned into drunkenness and the cup of wrath (Psalm 75:8) would be poured out upon them by the Lord.

Israel itself is pictured as the avenging fire by which God’s judgment is brought down upon his enemies. The survivors of Judah will become the instruments of God’s action to bring complete destruction upon Edom.

Despite the destruction of Jerusalem, the divine favor has not been totally removed from the Holy City.  Even though a great reverence for Jerusalem is found here, there is also a note of warning against a false trust in any kind of holy place (Jer. 7). This is a continuing problem for many Christians in many places today.

Three points are made  in closing (v. 17). First there is the conviction that someone who saves from danger or destruction will be raised up. Second that victory will be over all who oppose God’s will. Third, all this will show how God is in control.


I must realize that I can never place a false trust in some holy place?  When it comes to worship it is not the place but the person that counts.

Obadiah 1:15-21 (English Standard Version)

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