Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:
A student once approached Dr. Griffith Thomas with this question, "Dr. Thomas, I am having a problem with this statement in Malachi. I cannot understand why God says He hated Esau." Dr. Thomas replied, "Young man, I am having a problem with that verse also, but my problem is different from yours. I can understand why He hated Esau, but I cannot understand why He loved Jacob."
Well, the thing that lends importance to the little Book of Obadiah is that it is the only place in the Word of God where we find the explanation of why God hated Esau.
Ginsburg, the great Hebrew scholar, translated Obadiah 6 like this: "How are the things of Esau stripped bare!" In other words, they are laid out in the open for you to look at for the first time. Obadiah puts the microscope down on Esau, and when you look through the eyepiece you see Edom. Not only did Obadiah focus the microscope on him, but Obadiah is God's microscope! Come here and look through the microscope. Look! One Esau—oh, he is magnified!—one Esau is now 250,000 little Esaus, and that is Edom. The photographer takes a miniature and makes a great enlarged picture. He says, "I blew up the picture." Obadiah is the "blown up" picture of Esau. You inflate a tire tube to find a tiny leak in it. Just so, Obadiah presents Esau inflated so that you can see where the flaw is in his life, and you can see why God said He hated him. What at the beginning was a little pimple under the skin is now a raging and angry cancer. What was small in Esau is now magnified 100,000 times in the nation. God did not say at the beginning that He hated Esau; He had to wait until he became a nation and revealed the thing that caused God to hate him.
Vernon McGee, Thru the Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, © 1981 by J. Vernon McGee.
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