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Bible Pathways - September 23, 2005

September 23

Read Amos 6

In Today's Reading:

Woe pronounced upon sin; the grasshoppers; fire; plumbline; basket of summer fruit; famine of God's Word

The Edomites had been hostile to the Israelites for centuries — from the time Esau (Edom) sold the family birthright to its rightful heir, Jacob (Israel) his brother. The prophet Obadiah foretold the eventual triumph of Israel, as well as the complete destruction of Edom: For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. . . . for the LORD hath spoken it (Obadiah 1:10,18).

Esau had moved to Mount Seir where the Edomites, his descendants, felt secure in their natural mountain fortress. Their self-sufficiency and disinterest in the will of God led them to ignore Obadiah's warning.

The Edomites conspired with Ammon and Moab against Judah and took Israelite captives. They also raided Judah in the days of King Ahaz to take even more captives to be their slaves (II Kings 8:20-22; II Chronicles 28:16-17). When Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonian army, some of the Jewish escapees tried to flee out of the land; but, the Edomites took advantage of the fleeing Israelites and blocked roads, robbed them, and delivered them to the Babylonians (Obadiah 1:12-14). Because of their treachery, God foretold that Edom would be utterly destroyed (1:9-10,18).

About four years after the fall of Jerusalem, Nebuchadnezzar's army swept through Ammon, Moab, and Edom. Edomite refugees fled to the western area of their country south of Judah. The Edomites then made raids northward into Judah, taking part of that land. This territory became known as Idumaea, from which later came Herod, the Roman-appointed puppet king who sought to kill the Child Jesus. Eventually, the Edomites disappeared from history, just as Obadiah had foretold. Unlike the prophecy against the Edomites, Obadiah foretold that Judah would recover and one day would again possess their possessions (1:15-17).

The absolute justice of God and our assurance of His faithfulness encourage us to believe that the principles of right and wrong never change. Jesus expressed the inevitable spiritual law of God's Kingdom: As ye would that men should do to you, do . . . also to them likewise (Luke 6:31).

Christ Revealed:

As the Plumbline (Amos 7:7-8). A plumb line is used to indicate an absolutely straight vertical line Christ alone is qualified to walk in the midst of His people measuring and exposing good and bad, true and false (Revelation 2 and 3).

Word Studies:

Amos 6:8 excellency = pride, arrogance; 6:11 with breaches = into ruins; with clefts = burst open; 6:13 horns = military power (Deuteronomy 33:17; I Kings 22:11); Obadiah 1:12 looked on = gloated over; 1:21 saviours = deliverers.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Thomas & Mary Beaghen · Staff: Gina Lesnefsky · Country: Panama (3 million) in southern Central America · Major languages: Spanish and English · Limited religious freedom · 78% Roman Catholic; 12% Protestant; 5% Muslim; .1% Eastern Orthodox · Prayer Suggestion: Beseech the Lord in intercessory prayer for others when you have questions (Exodus 32:11).


Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:13

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