Accept God=s Lordship Obadiah 1:1-4, 10B13, 15 June 10, 2007
If we really acknowledge God’s Lordship we will claim, copy, and be confident in this fact. Most of this world does not accept God’s Lordship, and too few who claim to accept it really demonstrate a significantly different lifestyle. Our world needs to see Christians living in a way that their daily lifestyle demonstrates Lordship. This will be done as we allow the Spirit to lead us in our daily lives and it will illustrate to others we Accept God’s Lordship.
1. Accept God=s Lordship . . Claim His Word. 1:1-4
A. Claim His Word Even When It . . Depresses Us. 1:1-2
1 This is what the Lord GOD has said about Edom: We have heard a message
from the LORD; an envoy has been sent among the nations: Rise up, and let us go to war against her. 2 Look, I will make you insignificant among the nations; you will be deeply despised.
B. Claim His Word Even When It . . Degrades Us. 1:3-4
3 Your presumptuous heart has deceived you, you who live in clefts of the rock in your home on the heights, who say to yourself: Who can bring me down to the ground?
4 Though you seem to soar like an eagle and make your nest among the stars, even from there I will bring you down. This is the LORD's declaration.
The Edomites are descendents of Esau. and Edom means red, you will remember Esau was hairy and his skin reddish in color. Esau certainly did not desire to Accept God’s Lordship, and sold out for a mess of potage. If any group of people work at being godly in their compassion, they will need to recognize a lack of compassion. In the text the Edomites were living in direct opposition to the compassionate ways of God He opened the eyes of these people by showing them how they acted like pagans. Sometimes as we come to judgmental passages the Word of God might seem to be depressing. These people wanted to disregard God and His ways, and soar like an eagle. God promised to bring them down, and He fulfilled His promise.
2. Accept God’s Lordship . . Copy His Compassion. 1:10-13
A. Copy His Compassion As We . . Recognize Past Actions. 1:10-11
10 You will be covered with shame and destroyed forever because of violence done to your brother Jacob.
11 On the day you stood aloof, on the day strangers captured his wealth, while foreigners entered his gate and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were just like one of them.
B. Copy His Compassion As We. . Repent Of Past Actions. 1:12-13
12 Do not gloat over your brother in the day of his calamity; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction; do not boastfully mock in the day of distress.
13 Do not enter the gate of My people in the day of their disaster. Yes, you C do not gloat over their misery in the day of their disaster and do not appropriate their possessions in the day of their disaster.
Edom needed to see herself as God described her. The Lord cited the following neglectful actions of these people: 1) Stood aloof, 2) Acted like the foreign enemy, 3) Gloated over this event, 4) Rejoiced at the destruction, 5) Boastfully mocked this day of distress, 6) Appropriated the possessions during the disaster. In all of this she did not feel sorry for these actions against Judah. God wanted Edom to defend Judah when foreigners plundered Jerusalem. He called for her to recognize her ways and repent of them. It is hard to imagine some of the ways humans act at the calamity of others. When God reveals such a picture the people need to repent.
3. Accept God=s Lordship . . Confident In His Judgment. 1:15
A. Confident In The . . Event Of Judgment. 1:15a
15a For the Day of the LORD is near, against all the nations.
B. Confident In The . . Equality Of Judgment. 1:15b
15b As you have done, so it will be done to you; what you deserve will return on
your own head. HCSB
Do we live like we will never be judged? How about the people of this world; do they live like a judgment day will come? The text declares a day of judgment for all nations. Obviously “The day of the Lord”, has not occurred; and some seem to believe it never will come, but the Lord has promised such a day. The event will take place! Will the Lord judge everyone equally? God promises this day will bring just what everyone deserves. The only way to be confident in that day is to commit your life to Christ, and thereby stand in His righteousness. This is the final, and most rewarding gift of Accepting God’s Lordship. Amen? Amen!