Consequences of Unforgiveness

In The Word

Read: Obadiah



Edom Will Be Humbled

The vision of Obadiah.

This is what the Lord God says concerning Edom—

We have heard a report from the Lord,
And a messenger has been sent among the nations saying,
“Arise, and let’s go up against her for battle”—
“Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You are greatly despised.
The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
The one who lives in the clefts of therock,
On the height of his dwelling place,
Who says in his heart,
‘Who will bring me down to earth?’
Though you make your home high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among thestars,
From there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.
“If thieves came to you,
If robbers by night—
Oh how you will be ruined!—
Would they not steal only until they had enough?
If grape-pickers came to you,
Would they not leave some gleanings?
Oh how Esau will be searched,
And his hidden treasures searched out!
All the people allied with you
Will send you to the border,
And the people at peace with you
Will deceive you and overpower you.
They who eat your bread
Will set an ambush for you.
(There is no understanding in him.)
Will I not on that day,” declares theLord,
“Eliminate wise men from Edom,
And understanding from the mountain of Esau?
Then your warriors will be filled with terror, Teman,
So that everyone will be eliminated from the mountain of Esau by murder.

10 “Because of violence to your brother Jacob,
Shame will cover you,
And you will be eliminated forever.
11 On the day that you stood aloof,
On the day that strangers carried off his wealth,
And foreigners entered his gate
And cast lots for Jerusalem—
You too were as one of them.
12 Do not gloat over your brother’s day,
The day of his misfortune.
And do not rejoice over the sons of Judah
On the day of their destruction;
Yes, do not boast
On the day of their distress.
13 Do not enter the gate of My people
On the day of their disaster.
You indeed, do not gloat over their catastrophe
On the day of their disaster.
And do not lay a hand on their wealth
On the day of their disaster.
14 Do not stand at the crossroads
To eliminate their survivors;
And do not hand over their refugees
On the day of their distress.

The Day of the Lord and the Future

15 “For the day of the Lord is near for all the nations.
Just as you have done, it will be done to you.
Your dealings will return on your own head.
16 For just as you drank on My holy mountain,
All the nations will drink continually.
They will drink to the last drop,
And become as if they had never existed.
17 But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape,
And it will be holy.
And the house of Jacob will possess their property.
18 Then the house of Jacob will be a fire,
And the house of Joseph a flame;
But the house of Esau will be like stubble.
And they will set them on fire and consume them,
So that there will be no survivor of the house of Esau,”
For the Lord has spoken.
19 Then those of the Negev will possess the mountain of Esau,
And those of the Shephelah thePhilistine plain;
Also, they will possess the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria,
And Benjamin the territory of Gilead.
20 And the exiles of this army of the sons of Israel,
Who are among the Canaanites as far as Zarephath,
And the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad,
Will possess the cities of the Negev.
21 The deliverers will ascend Mount Zion
To judge the mountain of Esau,
And the kingdom will be the Lords.

New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Walking In The Word


Today, we read about the descendants of Esau. Esau was Jacob’s older brother who despised his birthright and sold it to Jacob for a meal (Genesis 25:34). The descendents of Esau never forgave the descendents of Jacob for what they perceived as Jacob cheating Esau. They refused to give passage through their land to the Israelites when the people of Israel were delivered from Egypt (Numbers 20:14-21). They also rejoiced over Israel’s capture later in Psalm 137:7. Obadiah proclaimed the consequences of that unforgiveness. 

Verse 15 says, “As you have done, it will be done unto you.” We reap what we sow. If you cultivate unforgiveness, you will reap the same. Yahshua said that if we don’t forgive others, we will not be forgiven (Matthew 6:14-15). The unforgiveness we read about in Obadiah started with Esau in Genesis 27:41. Unforgiveness was planted, cultivated, grown, and passed on to every generation until it had developed into a huge tree. The way we live our lives can affect our family. Are you cultivating any unforgiveness today? Is there someone you need to forgive? Every day that passes allows that unforgiveness to grow and makes it harder to remove. Today, you can simply pull out that seedling with all of its roots, but if you wait, you will have to get a chain saw to cut that tree down and a stump-grinder to get rid of the roots. Forgive today.

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