Prayer Focus: Malaysia

Bible Reading: Obadiah 1, Psalm 82, 83

Scripture

Because of the violence you did
to your close relatives in Israel,
you will be filled with shame
and destroyed forever.

Obadiah 10 (NLT)

Observation

It’s not a cheery outlook for Edom, but then this family feud has been going on for about  1500 years at this point.  It all started when Jacob cheated Esau out of his birthright with a bowl of soup.

A few hundred years later when Moses was leading Israel through the wilderness he contacted the King of Edom for safe passage.  The Edomites are the descendants of Esau and they said no safe.  The King of Edom brought his entire army out to make sure no one from Israel set foot on Edomite land.

About 1,000 years after that Obadiah delivers this prophecy from the Lord about the end of Edom.  But it doesn’t end there.

In another half millenia Jesus’ life will be threatened by another son of Edom; the famous King Herod.  When Jesus was just a few months old, Herod, ordered every male child in Bethlehem, two years and younger, to be killed.

Application

The application here isn’t about family feuds, although, if you didn’t learn your lesson from Romeo & Juliet, or the Hatfields and McCoys, then let this one be the ultimate warning.  2,500 years is a long time for a family feud.

The application is that Israel is God’s prized possession and He will always be on the side of His people even when he disciplines them.  There’s comfort in this for the Christian since we are grafted into the family through faith in Christ.  That means God will be just as diligent in his protection of gentile believers.  Paul explains it in his letter to the Romans.

11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. 12 Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.   Romans 11:11–12 NLT

Prayer

Lord, I pray the Jewish people, Your people, Your prized possession.  I pray that they will recognize that Jesus is the Messiah and that they will put their faith and trust in Him and be saved.  What a blessing to the world it would be!  Amen!

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