“Leave your orphans behind, I will keep them alive; and let your widows trust in Me.” (49:11)
In the midst of these major prophesies of destruction at a national level, the LORD brings back into focus His undying heart for vulnerable individuals. Keep in mind, these are not Jewish orphans and widows He’s concerned about. These are the orphans and widows of Edom.
It’s easy to get caught up in nationalism, race wars and generalizations, but its important to note, the LORD never does that. He has a covenant with Israel, because He made a covenant with Abraham; confirming it with Isaac and Jacob. Edom is the land of Esau. You could quote Romans 9:13, “Just as it is written, ‘Jacob I loved and Esau I hated’.” But that does not pertain to God’s love and care for individual Edomites.
Exhibit 49:11. God does not hate people, just because they’re Edomites. And notice, in these other cases with Ammon, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, Elam and Babylon, He clearly states the why of His judgements. Just as He constantly lays out expectations and neccesary consequences for Israel.
As Carly pointed out, yesterday about the eventual restoration of Moab (48:47), 49:6 says, “‘Afterward I will restore the fortunes of the sons of Ammon,’ declares the LORD.” His care has, from the beginning, been for all nations.
Are there people you consider to be outside the reach of God’s blessing, grace or favor? Do you ever consider yourself to be outside His reach? Do you feel lost in the crowd, liable to be swept away with the rest? Know that God sees you and He is just. Fear Him, Trust Him, be Loved by Him.