“The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, You who live in the clefts of the rock, In the loftiness of your dwelling place, Who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to earth?’” (3)
All throughout the Bible, pride and arrogance is heavily warned against. Whenever we feel so high on ourselves that we fancy ourselves immune to judgement or suffering, we are about to be proven wrong.
This tiny book carrying just one prophesy against Edom is easily missed (in fact, you may notice it back-to-back, because we did miss it the first time). Why does Edom’s folly warrant a whole book?
Perhaps to underline just what will remain when all is said and done; when the Day of the LORD finally arrives: the Humble.
Those who humbly look to Him and cling to His promises. Those who admit weakness and walk in obedient dependence.
The story of Esau/Edom is strange. Esau was supposed to be the heir to the promise, but was short-sighted and sold his birthright blessing for a meal. His crafty brother and mother stole the blessing his father had reserved for him. Jacob was a deceitful, conniving opportunist. Why should he be rewarded?
Because he fought for what was important and left the rest. It feels weird to encourage—and hopefully none of us have to be so ruthless—but what are we doing to fight for the blessing and favor of the LORD?
What does it look like for you to fear Him over anything and anyone else? How is your life marked by humility? Is it?
Edom couldn’t receive the same blessing as Israel, so they constructed their own fortresses to boast in. Have you created false fortresses? How can you identify them? What will happen when they come crashing down?
Always humility. Always obedience.
“GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:5-7)
This marks the end of our four years of blogging. We will keep studying, but we won’t keep commenting about it here. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Stay turned for what is next with us, and—more importantly—never never never stop eating this bread of life.