What The Lord Says About Edom

An Amish farmer bought a new pair of overalls. Of course, the Amish are famous for their simplicity, and trying to avoid pride. As he put on his new overalls and looked in the mirror, he said, “Oh, this will never do! I’ll be proud in these!” So he removed the new over … More

Pride

This passage has to do with God’s Judgments against Edom - (vv. 7-22). The Edomites come next to receive their judgment from God. These people had descended from Jacob’s elder brother Esau, whom God had bypassed for the blessing, giving it to Jacob (Gen. 25:19-34). They inhabited the Trans-Jordan territory south of the Dead Sea from the Zered River to the Gulf of Aqaba. The caravan route, known as the King’s Highway (Num. 20:14-18), passed along the eastern part of their land. Hostilities and bitterness were abundant between the Hebrews and the Edomites (I Kings 11:15,16) but their common enemy, Babylon, caused them to join hands in the days of Zedekiah (Jer. 27:3).

The people of Edom were noted for their great wisdom, but they weren’t able to devise any plan that would save them from the invasion of the Babylonians (vv. 7-8). Edom’s judgment was like a harvest where nothing was left for the gleaners (vv. 9,10). He told them He could be trusted to care for their orphans and widows but they had to “drink of His cup of anger” (v. 12). He also told them their towns will suffer a horrible fate and lie in ruins forever (v. 13). He commands the nations to prepare for war against Edom who Ia. small and hated by them because of their pride and rebellion against the Lord (vv. 14-16). People will be shocked to see the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah ans towns nearby (vv, 17-18). The Lord will attack like a lion attacking sheep and the land will be empty (v. 19), your children will be dragged off (v. 20), your destruction will cause the earth to shake (v. 21) and your warriors will be as fearful as women giving birth.

Application

Edom was destroyed because of her pride. Pride makes me think I can take care of myself without God’s help. Even serving God and others can lead me into pride. I need to keep inventory in my life  and service for God and ask Him to point out and remove any pride that I may be harboring.

Jeremiah 49:7-22 (English Standard Version)

Concerning Edom. Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Is wisdom no more in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom vanished? Flee, turn back, dwell in the depths, O inhabitants of Dedan! For I will bring the calamity of Esau upon him, the time when I punish him. If grape-gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings? If thieves came by night, would they not destroy only enough for themselves? But I have stripped Esau bare; I have uncovered his hiding places, and he is not able to conceal himself. His children are destroyed, and his brothers, and his neighbors; and he is no more. Leave your fatherless children; I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in me." For thus says the LORD: "If those who did not deserve to drink the cup must drink it, will you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, but you must drink. For I have sworn by myself, declares the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a horror, a taunt, a waste, and a curse, and all her cities shall be perpetual wastes." I have heard a message from the LORD, and an envoy has been sent among the nations: "Gather yourselves together and come against her, and rise up for battle! For behold, I will make you small among the nations, despised among mankind. The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle's, I will bring you down from there, declares the LORD. "Edom shall become a horror. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its disasters. As when Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities were overthrown, says the LORD, no man shall dwell there, no man shall sojourn in her. Behold, like a lion coming up from the jungle of the Jordan against a perennial pasture, I will suddenly make him run away from her. And I will appoint over her whomever I choose. For who is like me? Who will summon me? What shepherd can stand before me? Therefore hear the plan that the LORD has made against Edom and the purposes that he has formed against the inhabitants of Teman: Even the little ones of the flock shall be dragged away. Surely their fold shall be appalled at their fate. At the sound of their fall the earth shall tremble; the sound of their cry shall be heard at the Red Sea. Behold, one shall mount up and fly swiftly like an eagle and spread his wings against Bozrah, and the heart of the warriors of Edom shall be in that day like the heart of a woman in her birth pains."

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