TODAY'S NEW LESSon
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
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
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
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
"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!
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!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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