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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

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Let me share with you what I think Obadiah's 16th Verse is literally saying. But first, here it is word for word, King James Version: "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."

The subjects doing the drinking here are the Edomites. I base that conclusion on the preceding verse. "As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." And Edom has been the "focus" of the paragraph.

Looks like the people of Edom got actually "drunk" on God's Holy Mountain! Probably rejoicing there on the Temple site, in the middle of Jerusalem, once it had all been destroyed by the merciless Babylonian army. "Rejoicing in iniquity," in other words!

And God once again "noted" their sins against the Jews! The Edomites are hereby "doomed!" In fact, they no longer exist, anywhere!

But the verse, today's text, Obadiah Verse 16, adds more. "For as ye Edomites 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."

Now the Edomites have become "representative" of all the nations. And the "kind" of drink involved has shifted too, what it represents. The Edomites literally became intoxicated, partying hard over Judah's "demise!"

But now these other nations, all the anti-Semitic crowds of the ages, are drinking more than wine or strong drink ... but also the cup of the Wrath of Almighty God!

Several Old Testament Prophets use this word picture, people being made to imbibe God's Anger and Justice! Because of one's blatant sins. Isaiah and Jeremiah come to mind, their graphic word pictures.

Furthermore, to drink "continually" and to "swallow down" both imply slurping every drop, to the very dregs!

God will not only judge Edom for her hatred to her sisters, the Jews. God will additionally judge ALL the nations who have ever lifted a hand against His chosen people!

"And they shall be as though they had not been." Nations now put out of business, or so marginalized that they no longer "count" on the world scene!

Wow!

Indeed, world history again and again proves Genesis 12:1-3. God does bless those who love Israel. And He does curse those who harm her, in any way at all!

Amazing Grace!

             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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