“But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.” Obadiah 1:17-18 (KJV)
The shortest book of the Old Testament with a very blunt message for an arrogant, a prideful people of Edom. Edom was a nation who had Esau as its father, its founder. Esau was the twin brother of Jacob, and there was a sibling rivalry from birth… Jacob had grabbed hold of the heel of Esau at birth (Genesis 25:24-28). It turned out that Edom always hated the people of Jacob/Israel. Take note of what God says through the prophet Obadiah above.
- Mount Zion shall be delivered; they will be holy, and the people will possess their possessions – living in their land, in their own homes, growing their own crops, having their own government; and not ruled by any other.
- The people of Jacob – will be a fire and Joseph a flame. They will be a people to fear, to follow, and to dread the offending of their God, YHWH.
- There will be an end to the house of Esau. In their pride and arrogance they assumed they were safe in their mountainous homes, and the land they inhabited; yet God sent the Babylonians against them, and by the time of the New Testament they are no more.
The lesson for us today. God never forsakes His people. He will always get His people where He wants us to be. You become His people through the new birth of coming to Jesus Christ as the Savior who died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and arose the third day. There is salvation for all who will call on His name.