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Don’t Be a Fool: Character Does Matter!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Daily reading assignment – 2 Kings 11-15

My first memory of a public debate over the importance of a man’s character in public office dates to 1992 when President Bill Clinton was first running for President of the United States.  Twenty-five years later, I am still stunned the obvious would be a matter of debate.

The moral values rooted in the heart of a man define his character and drive his disciplines in thought and deed.  Character is the compass that charts a man’s course in conduct and life and a leader’s character profoundly affects his sphere of influence. A man’s character will either bless or curse his home, marriage, ministry, business and public office.

The opening verses of 2 Kings 11 are illustrative of the matter of character and indicative of the depths of depravity a soul will descend when driven by a covetous heart set upon power, position and possessions.   Athaliah, a murderous wench and the mother of Ahaziah king of Judah, seeing her son was dead, (2 Kings 8:25-26; 9:27), directed the murder of her grandchildren so she might succeed her son to the throne of Judah (2 Kings 11:1).

In spite of his grandmother’s murderous rampage, Joash, the infant son of king Ahaziah was spared when his aunt hid he and his nurse in her house for six years (2 Kings 11:2-3).   In the seventh year of queen Athaliah’s reign, Jehoiada, a commander of Judah’s army revealed a son of the late king Ahaziah had survived the slaughter of the king’s sons (11:4-11).   Swearing allegiance to Joash, the military leaders crowned him king of Judah (11:12) and executed queen Athaliah  (11:13-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-15).

Following the death of Athaliah, the nation of Judah enjoyed a season of spiritual revival (2 Kings 11:17-21).   Jehoiada, the high priest, renewed the nation’s covenant with the LORD “that they should be the LORD’S people” (11:17) and directed the destruction of the altars of Baal (11:18).   Although only seven years old (11:21); Jehoash (i.e. Joash), was profoundly influenced by the high priest and “all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet” (11:20).

The revival in Judah was far reaching and “Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him” (2 Kings 12:2).   The king directed renovation of the Temple that had fallen into disrepair; however, when Jehoiada died, the king neglected the Temple and apostasy once again took root in Judah (2 Chronicles 24:15-22).

Sadly, the life of Jehoash ends tragically in 2 Kings 12:17-21.   Without his godly mentor, Jehoash evidenced shallowness in both his faith and character.   When the king of Syria threatened Judah, rather than look to the LORD, Jehoash bribed the heathen king of Syria by giving him the tithes and offerings in the Temple treasuries.   Soon after, two servants assassinated Jehoash.

Does a man (or woman’s) character matter? I will allow the Word of God to answer that question.

Proverbs 29:2 – When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Warning: America is Not Too Big to Fail!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Daily reading assignment – Jeremiah 47-52

Today’s scripture reading brings us to the conclusion of the prophecies of Jeremiah in this book that bears his name.  These final chapters, Jeremiah 47-52, predict the devastating invasion of Babylon’s army (“waters rise up out of the north” – Jeremiah 47:2) and the forthcoming destruction of the nations that were Israel’s ancient adversaries.

The annihilation of the Philistines (Jeremiah 47), the Moabites (Jeremiah 48), the Ammonites and Edomites (Jeremiah 49); even the destruction of Babylon (Jeremiah 50-51) is all predicted.   We can take many lessons from the judgment and destruction suffered by those proud nations that resisted the God of Israel and made themselves enemies of His people.   The Sovereignty of God over nations and the eradication of Israel’s ancient foes is the great lesson we take from Jeremiah’s prophetic revelations.

Jeremiah 52 records the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem during the reign of Zedekiah.   The sins and rebellion of the people had exhausted God’s longsuffering and He determined to deliver Judah for judgment.   Jeremiah’s record of the suffering of God’s people includes famine, the captivity of king Zedekiah, the slaying of his sons, his eyes “put out” and his imprisonment until he died.   Jeremiah’s book concludes with the king’s palace and the Temple being plundered  (52:12-23) and the people of Judah led away captive to Babylon (52:24-30).

Some closing thoughts on the nations of the world and the sovereignty of God: Politicians and societal experts of the 19th century aspired to “Utopia”, a world of peace and justice where humanity lived in perfect harmony and every man pursued the common good. Unfortunately for those idealists, their ideology of atheism and the good in man was proven false by the atrocities of war and oppression of humanity in the 20th century. From the holocaust and atrocities committed by the Armies of the Axis (Germany, Italy and Japan) to the crimes against humanity committed by Communist regimes (particularly the old Soviet Union, Vietnam and China), modern nations prove they are no more humane than their ancient counterparts.

One would think any aspirations for “Utopia” that survived the 20th century have surely been extinguished by the barbarity committed by the followers of militant Islam (ISIS, Taliban and Hamas) in the dawning of the 21st century; however, such is not the case.  Crucifixion, stoning, beheading, drowning, fiery deaths, poisonings and mass killings in the name of religion and the perversity and wickedness of modern man are on full display in the Middle East and around the world.

Babylon’s mighty army dominated the ancient world and her city walls appeared impenetrable; however, God declared war and against that nation (Jeremiah 50-51) and Babylon  faltered under the weight of her sin and fell.

Citizens of the United States would do well to remember the LORD bears the sword of judgment (Jeremiah 47:6-7) and no people or nation is beyond His justice or too big to fail.

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

A Foreboding of God’s Judgment

Friday, April 14, 2017

Daily reading assignment: Jeremiah 12-16

I stated in an earlier devotion that the ministry of the prophet Jeremiah spanned four decades in Judah.   Jeremiah was to declare God’s Word to a people who despised His Law and were unwilling to heed the prophet’s call for the people to repent of their sins and turn to their God.  Jeremiah continues his prophetic warning that the judgment of God is imminent in Jeremiah 12-16.

God revealed to Jeremiah the plot of the people to kill him beginning in Jeremiah 11:18 and the prophet struggled with God’s apparent blessing on the people in spite of their wickedness (12:1).   Although their hearts were far from the LORD, they appeared to prosper (12:2).  In fact, Jeremiah went so far as to suggest that the LORD should judge the people for their sin (12:3-4).

The LORD withheld rain and a great famine began to take hold in the land (Jeremiah 14:1-22).  In the midst of the famine, the people began to pray to the LORD and make a pretense of confessing and repenting of their sins (14:7-9).  God, knowing the hearts of all men (note Luke 16:15; Acts 1:24; 15:8; Romans 8:27), knew the people were not sincere and announced His judgment would not be deterred (14:10-12).  Jeremiah interceded for the nation suggesting the sins of the people were because false prophets had led them astray (14:13).   Jeremiah 14 concludes with the prophet praying for the LORD to be merciful to His people (14:17-22).

Judah’s wickedness had passed the point of no reprieve and the LORD responded to Jeremiah’s intercessory prayer describing the judgment that would soon come upon the nation (15:1-9).  Jeremiah 15:10-21 gives us a window into the soul of the prophet as he laments the sorrows and rejection he is suffering as God’s prophet (15:10).  He, God’s messenger, had become the object of scorn and persecution (15:15-18).

Describing the judgment of God that would be fulfilled when Babylon lay siege to Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple and the city, the LORD directed Jeremiah to not participate in three events that were a normal part of Jewish life.  The first, Jeremiah was not to take a wife, less the deaths of a wife, sons and daughters be added to the sorrows he would bear in the midst of God’s judgment (16:1-3).  The second activity Jeremiah was to avoid was he was not to mourn for the dead (16:4) nor attend their funerals (16:5-7).   Thirdly, Jeremiah was to avoid weddings and their celebratory feasts (16:8-9).

Like all Jewish rabbis, Jeremiah was to take a wife; however, his refusal to do so served as a testimony and symbolic act before the people, a sign of the imminencey of God’s judgment (16:1-3).  Though not a command, Paul observed somewhat the same sentiment in his letter to believers in Corinth when he states the “unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: 33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 34 …the unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord…she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband” (1 Corinthians 7:32-35).

In spite of their wickedness, the LORD instructed Jeremiah that the people would ask, “Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?” (16:10).  Jeremiah was to tell the people their wickedness had exceeded that of their fathers (16:11-12).  Leaving no doubt concerning the reason of God’s judgment and the destruction that would soon come upon the nation, Jeremiah was to remind the people, because they had turned to worship idols and forsaken the LORD and His law (16:11), they would be removed from their land and taken as captives to another (16:12-13).  Describing the invasion and conquest of Judah fulfilled by the Babylonians, Jeremiah prophesied, “the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth” (16:19).

Finally, the LORD did not leave His prophet or the people hopeless, for Jeremiah was to tell the people the LORD would not forget His covenant and would one day restore them to their land (16:14-15).

I close with this observation: God is Holy and Just and a man, family, or nation that turns from the LORD and forsakes His Word will bear the consequences of their sin.  Let us love the LORD, study His Word, and walk in His ways!

Psalm 1:1-3 – “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

“God’s Warning to a Nation on the Brink of Destruction”

Friday, March 31, 2017

Scripture Reading – Jeremiah 1-6

[Dear follower of “From the Heart of a Shepherd”, Today’s scheduled reading is Jeremiah 1-6; however, I posted this devotional a week ago when the reading for that day was actually Isaiah 62-66. I apologize for any confusion.]

For those continuing the spiritual discipline of reading through the Bible this year, today’s scripture reading bring us to the Book of Jeremiah, the record of the cry of God’s prophet by the same name to a nation on the brink of destruction.

The book of Jeremiah is 52 chapters long and spans 54 years from Judah’s glory years under the reign of King Josiah to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple under the reign of King Zedekiah in 587 BC.  The book of Jeremiah is both biographical and prophetic, chronicling the life and experience of God’s man who stood alone in his day.  For over four decades, Jeremiah called on the nation to repent of her sins and turn to God.

From a human perspective, it could be argued the prophet was a failure: Reviled by His people; scorned by the nation’s leaders; persecuted, imprisoned, and rejected by Judah’s kings.  Bearing God’s promise that He would spare Jerusalem from destruction if Jeremiah found one righteous man in the city (Jeremiah 5:1-6), Jeremiah sought for a righteous man among the poor…and found none (5:4).  He sought for a righteous man among the nation’s leaders …and found none (5:5).   Knowing God’s judgment would soon come upon the nation, we can understand why the prophet struggled with discouragement and disappointment; however, he did not quit!

Why study the warnings of God’s judgment that were directed to the Jews and the nation of Judah?  Answer, God has not changed! He is loving, patient and longsuffering toward sinners.  He is holy and just…and His judgment and punishment of sin is sure.

We will notice that America bears many striking similarities with Judah and the world of Jeremiah’s day.  Like Judah, America has enjoyed the blessings and riches of God’s grace.  Founded by men and women who came to this continent in search of religious freedom and dedicated this land to God.  Her first colonies were established on principles that were fundamentally Christian.  Although not a Christian nation, our Constitution and laws were drafted by men who were God-fearing– many of them clergy and Christian leaders in their communities.

Tragically, America parallels Judah’s movement from faith and prosperity to apostasy and decay. We were the envy of the world in my lifetime; however, we have become like ancient Judah — mocked and scorned by the nations of the world…a nation that fears God.  Like Israel of old, we are a nation that calls “evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).  We have become a reprobate nation…slaughtering tens of millions of unborn children.  America’s rejection of God has led our nation, community and homes down a path of spiritual, moral, and fiscal decay.

Is there any hope for America?  We will discuss that in the weeks that are ahead during our reading of Jeremiah.

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Character flaws in leaders breed insecurity in the lives of their followers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Daily reading assignment: 1 Samuel 11-15

Israel demanded a king who would “judge [govern] us, and go out before us, and fight our battles” (1 Samuel 8:20).   Having chosen Saul as king, the nation soon faced her first test under his leadership when the Ammonites “came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead” and the people foolishly sought a covenant of peace with the enemy (1 Samuel 11:1).  When the Ammonites demanded the covenant be sealed with every man losing his right eye (11:2), the people appealed for seven days respite to see if any men of Israel would come to their aid (11:3).

After being anointed king, Saul returned to his flocks until word of the calamity facing the people of Jabeshgilead reached him (11:4-5).   With the Spirit of God upon him, Saul rose to the challenge of leading the nation and commanded the men to go to war against the Ammonites giving him his first victory (11:6-11).  Soon after, the people made Saul king of Israel (11:12-15).

In chapter 12, Samuel, now an old man, asked the people to affirm he had served them with integrity (12:1-5).  He reminded the people of their godly heritage and how God had dealt with them as His people; blessing them when they obeyed Him and judging them when they sinned (12:6-11).  Reminding the people their demand for a king was a rejection and act of rebellion against the LORD (12:12-13), Samuel invited the people to fear the LORD (12:14-15).

Demonstrating the LORD is sovereign over Creation and  to be feared and revered; Samuel called upon the LORD to send a great storm (12:16-19).  Overcome with fear (12:19), Samuel comforted the people with the assurance of God’s longsuffering and longing to bless those who obey Him and walk in His Law (12:20-25).

1 Samuel 13 reveals Saul had become a proactive king, dividing his army, he appointed his son Jonathan over one division while he led the other (13:1-2).  Evidencing the zeal of youth and inexperience, Jonathan ordered his troop of 1,000 men to attack the Philistine garrison in Geba.  Following Jonathan’s successful raid on the Philistines’ garrison, we observe a weakness in Saul’s character that will haunt him the rest of his life…foolish pride and jealousy!  Although there is no evidence he ordered the attack on the Philistines, we read Saul “blew the trumpet” and “all Israel heard say that Saul had smitten a garrison of the Philistines” (13:3, 4).  Saul had opportunity to praise his son’s courage and success; instead, he deflected the glory of the victory to himself.

The attack on the garrison provoked the Philistines to go to war and they quickly assembled a great army (13:5).  Greatly outnumbered by their enemy, Israel’s soldiers panicked and some began to desert Saul (13:6-7).  Realizing the debilitating fear that took hold on his army, Saul recognized all would soon be lost if the people’s confidence was not restored.

Saul waited seven days for Samuel (10:8) to come, offer sacrifices and affirm his leadership in the eyes of the people (13:8).  Weary of waiting and fearing the people would continue to desert, Saul usurped Samuel’s leadership and privilege as God’s prophet and offered sacrifices in his absence (13:9-10).   Once again we have insight into Saul’s failed character and the consequences of deceit and folly.   I invite you to notice three deceptions committed by Saul: The first was his disingenuous greeting of Samuel when Saul “went out to meet him, that he might salute [bless; kneel] him.”  Saul greeted Samuel as though all was well when in reality he had usurped the prophet’s authority and role as priest in Israel.

The second deception was Saul’s refusal to take responsibility for his sin when he says, “the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash” (13:11).  The third deception was Saul’s claim he was “forced” (literally, compelled) and “offered a burnt offering” (13:12).

A personal observation: Character flaws in leaders breed insecurity in the lives of their followers.  We see that manifested in three circumstances in 1 Samuel 13.  The first, the size of Saul’s army decreased from over 300,000 volunteers to 600 frightened men (13:15-16).  The second, the threats against Israel increased in direct proportion to the weakness evidenced by Saul’s army (13:17-18).  The third, Israel had become so subservient to the Philistines, they no longer had blacksmiths to manufacture sword or spear and were dependent on their enemy to sharpen their plows and axes.

Stop and think about the consequences of weak leadership:  1) Weakened military; 2) Increasing national threats within and without; 3) The loss of manufacturing capability to foreign nations.

Sound familiar?

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

The Greatest Generation, Millennials, and the Millennial Kingdom

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily reading assignment: Isaiah 56-61

We noted in our last study of Isaiah 55 the invitation of the LORD to the Gentiles to look to the suffering and death (53:3-10) of the “servant” of God in Isaiah 53 as their sacrifice for sin.  The prophet preached, “Seek the LORD…Let the wicked forsake his way…return unto the LORD” (55:6-7).

Having given an invitation to salvation through the perfect, sinless sacrifice God the Father would provide in His Son (John 1:29; 1 John 4:14), the prophet calls to everyone, both Jew and Gentile, to turn from their sinful ways to the LORD and be sanctified, set apart.  The subject of the Sabbath and its adherence by the “children of Israel” (Exodus 31:12-18) is the sign of sanctification to which the prophet exhorts both Jews and Gentiles (“sons of the stranger” – Isaiah 56:3, 6) to observe.

[Note – It is not my objective to get into a discussion of the observance or mode of observing the Sabbath.  The “children of Israel” are commanded to observe the Sabbath as a sign (Exodus 31:13, 17) of their covenant relationship with the LORD.   At the same time, Christians need to be mindful our observance of Sunday as the Lord’s Day and a day of worship commemorating the resurrection of Christ is not a “Sabbath” observance, as it was for the Jews under the Law.  Sadly, the church has been so infected by a secular culture that many believers never observe a day of rest or worship.  I fear Saturdays and Sundays are just another day for shopping and working and little thought is given to the Lord.]

Remembering Isaiah’s prophecies are the precursor of God’s judgment against Judah that will be marked by the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem, the prophet reflects that the righteous who die before that dreadful, tragic day will “enter into peace” (57:2), escaping the sorrow of watching the heathen destroy the city and lead away people into captivity. Sadly, as the righteous die, many of them as martyrs, the people pay little notice (57:1).

On a personal note, I have lived long enough to understand a certain foreboding of what the future of the church and our nation will be in a generation.  The World War II generation, described by former NBC news anchor and author Tom Brokaw as “The Greatest Generation”, are rapidly passing from our midst and their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, identified as “Millennials”, evidence little to no appreciation for the character or sacrifices of those who precede them.

God’s warning of judgment and the sins and wickedness of God’s people is the subject of Isaiah 57-59. In spite of the people’s idolatry (57:3-12), the LORD offers forgiveness to those who will turn from their sins and come to Him with a “contrite and humble spirit” (57:15). The hypocrisy of the people is the subject of Isaiah 58. Isaiah 59 is a terrible indictment against the sins of God’s people. Murder, lies, all manner of mischief, and violence had taken hold on the hearts of the people (59:3-15).

In spite of their sins, God promised “the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob” (59:16-20).

Isaiah 60 is a prophetic portrait of the Second Coming of Christ and His Millennial Kingdom upon the earth. In the hour of darkness (60:2a) the LORD will come and all the earth, Jew and Gentile, shall see Him coming in the brightness of His heavenly glory (60:2b-3). The Jews, the sons and daughters of Israel, will return to their land (60:4-5a) and the Gentiles will gather to worship the LORD (60:5b-6). There will reign a season of peace like the world has not known since before the fall. It is during the Millennial Kingdom that we read, “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock” (65:25).

Today’s devotional commentary ends with Isaiah 61 and a prophecy that includes both the first and second coming of Christ. The first coming of Christ is described in verse 1 where we read, “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” (Isaiah 61:1; note – Luke 4:16-21). The second coming of Christ begins with Isaiah 61:3 and its description of rebuilding, prosperity and the righteous reign of the LORD have yet to be fulfilled (61:3-11).

On a personal note: I do not mean to overwhelm my readers with extended commentary; however, I long to help you “make sense” out of extended passages that might prove overwhelming to some who have never read through the Bible. I pray my feeble attempt might be a blessing and not an additional burden.

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith

Are the Hordes of ISIS the Sons of Esau?

isisMonday, March 6, 2017

Daily reading assignment: Genesis 36-39

I am afraid Genesis 36 holds little to get excited about for the average believer.  This chapter is the birth record of the sons born of Esau’s lineage, the son of Isaac and brother of Jacob.  The names of Esau’s sons and their titles, “Duke”, meaning chief, reveal much about Esau and why God chose Jacob over him.

Although the sons of Esau shared a physical lineage with the Hebrew people, tracing their ancestry to Isaac and Abraham, they, like their father Esau, did not value their spiritual heritage nor have a share in God’s covenant promises with the descendants of Abraham.  The sons of Esau became the fathers of kingdoms we recognize in the Scriptures as the nomadic tribes of the Arabian Desert. Their descendants became enemies of Israel and the basis of a bitter strife that continues in the Middle East to our day.edom

Esau had become a wealthy and powerful man (36:6-8) who, following their father Isaac’s death (35:29), chose to keep peace with his brother Jacob and remained in Seir (32:3).  Seir, located in Edom, was the land on Israel’s southern border stretching from the salt marshes of the Dead Sea eastward to the desert (36:6-8).

We read an important statement in Genesis 36:8, “Esau is Edom”, meaning he was the father of a people who would become known as the Edomites.  Two of the three wives of Esau were Canaanite in origin and a grief to Isaac and Rebekah because they worshipped idols (Genesis 27:46).  Esau’s third wife was an Ishmaelite, a descendant of Ishmael, a son of Abraham born to the Egyptian handmaid Hagar (Genesis 28:8-9).

The Edomites, the descendants of Esau, hold important significance in our study of Israel in the Old Testament.  When Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, the Edomites refused to allow them to pass through their land (Numbers 20:18-21).  The Edomites were adversaries of King Saul and King David (1 Kings 11:14-16).  When King Nebuchadnezzar invaded Israel, the Edomites became allies with Babylon and participated in the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem.jacob-and-esau

The birth of Amalek (36:12), the father of the Amalekites and the grandson of Esau, marks the birth of another people who would become enemies of Israel.   It was the Amalekites who, during Israel’s years in the wilderness, fought against Joshua and Israel while Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses during the battle (Exodus 17:8-16).  We read in 1 Samuel 15 that King Saul warred against the Amalekites.

Why did God have the names of Esau’s lineage recorded in Genesis 36 and why is it important to 21st century believers?

I believe the roots of the conflict and strife we are witnessing in the Middle East is traced to a people whose ancestry is that of Esau in origin.  We identify the enemies of modern Israel as Palestinians, Muslims, proponents of Islam, and the followers of the prophet Mohammed.   In the most basic sense, they are all sons of Esau.

I invite you to take some time and read the judgments of God prophesied against Edom in the Book of Obadiah, in particular Obadiah 1:1-4, 6-7, 10-16.

Obadiah 1:1-4 – “The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour [tidings; report] from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her [Edom] in battle.petra

2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock [Petra, capital city of Edom], whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Obadiah 1:6-7 – “How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up! 7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.”

israelObadiah 1:10-15 – “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob [Jews; descendants of Jacob] shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side [side of the enemies], in the day that the strangers [foreigners; Nebuchadnezzar and the Chaldeans] carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them [Esau’s descendants were numbered among Israel’s enemies].

12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother [descendants of Jacob] in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;

14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.

obadiah15 For the day of the LORD [prophetically, often refers to the Tribulation] is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.”

Copyright 2017 – Travis D. Smith