The best response outside of pride. 8.26.18

August 26, 2018

The Best Response Outside Pride


Twenty-one verses.  The Book of Obadiah may be short, but it packs a punch.  Obadiah opens with a stinging rebuke for the nation of Edom.  During Babylon’s conquering of Judah, not only did Edom ignore the cries for help, but it also looted and attacked what was left.  This injustice would not go unnoticed by God, and Obadiah prophesies Edom’s fall from pride along with all other proud nations before the Lord.

Why the nation of Edom?  Edom’s historical patriarch was Esau, and Esau’s family never forgot the injustice inflicted upon them by Israel’s patriarch Jacob.  From the story in Genesis, when Jacob tricked Esau for the birthright and Isaac for the blessing.  Esau was driven to murderous rage that wouldn’t leave him even as he moved on with his life.  Jacob made sure his family kept its distance from the family of Esau.  Many years later their families would meet again as Moses lead the Israelites out of the wilderness toward the promised land.  The Israelites could have passed through the “lands of their brother”, Edom, but were met with threats and an army.  Instead of honoring their shared history, these nations stood apart as betrayed allies.  What a shame.

We should always seek to love our neighbor as ourselves, always seek to be reconciled with our family, and always be willing to show Jesus’s sacrificial love to the world around us.  Any other response is the result of our pride.  Sometimes we are waiting for them to apologize first, other times, they are just too “sinful” to be forgiven or they hurt us in an “unforgivable” way.  Not all these instances feel like pride, nor are entirely unjustified, but Jesus set the bar high for what is truly “unforgivable” when he forgave the people who nailed him to the cross.  The Book of Obadiah is a warning against such pride and judgement that comes with it.  Twenty-one verses.  Give it a read sometime, you’ll enjoy it.

Upcoming Lessons:

  • Sunday 8/26: Luke 12:36-48: Be ready for anything.
  • Wednesday 8/29: The Book of Jonah: Curse you Nineveh!

Event Updates:

  • August 29th: Fifth Wednesday, Youth Serves Dinner Fundraiser
  • September 8th: Lasertag Fellowship
  • September 15th-16th:  End of Summer Lock-In

Prayer Requests:

  • School: School started Thursday for most of our kids.  Please pray for them as they go into the mission field.  We pray that they would be the influencers, not the influenced.
  • End of Summer Lock-In: I feel incredibly inadequate for the plans God has placed in my lap to accomplish.  Please pray that I could have greater trust and dependence upon God as I seek to do the works put before me.

Greg Horton
Youth Director