PRIDE COMES BEFORE A FALL
A SERMON ON THE BOOK OF OBADIAH
A text transcript of the message preached at Elijah Ministries on 27th August 2006
Good morning brothers and sisters
What a privilege it is to stand here before you and to Worship the Lord together!
What’s been put on my heart today is the subject of Pride. Today’s sermon is entitled….Pride comes before a fall.
We’re going to tackle this issue from a slightly different perspective today. We’ll be doing a study of the Old Testament book of Obadiah and we should be able to do that in….probably….. just under 3 hours….! No seriously, you don't need to panic because the book of Obadiah is only 21 verses long. So we're going to try, with the Lord's help, to get the message that He would have for us today.
Shall we pray…
Father, as we come into your presence, we humble ourselves before you, and we ask that you to meet with us now. We give you thanks for the opportunity to worship you and the privilege of being able to study your word. Be with me now Lord as I minister your Word and I ask that you would speak through me. In my weakness, I pray that you would be my strength. Let the saints hear only what you would have them hear, Lord. I pray that you would speak to our hearts today and to help us apply what we learn in our lives, to your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
The Bible discusses pride in many different contexts. Collectively they describe the nature of pride, its consequences and its relation to sin. To define pride is quite difficult, so it would probably be easier to start with the opposite of pride. What is the opposite of pride? According to Websters Dictionary, the antonym for pride is…. humility. If you are humble, then you won’t be proud. As soon as you regard yourself more important than someone else, you have lost your humility.
Paul sums up pride in Philipians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
To be proud is to have an arrogant self-confidence that borders on selfishness. There’s nothing wrong with self-confidence, but when it becomes arrogant or selfish, then it becomes pride. Pride is a lack of humility. I don’t need anything. I don’t need anyone’s help. I don’t need anyone’s advice. I can do everything on my own. I am in control. I, I, me and some more I. We put ourselves at the centre of every situation, everything revolves around me.
It’s a refusal to consider others or to take their advice. It’s an insensitivity to others – who cares how they feel, as long as I am ok. Pride is always linked to selfishness.
I came across a very interesting thing when I was studying this subject. Proverbs says that all arguments start with….. pride! Turn with me to Proverbs 13….
Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride comes argument, but with those who take advice is wisdom.
The Bible says that every fight starts with pride - by stubbornly sticking to our own opinion and not considering others’ views. A lack of humility…..
But with those who take advice is…. Wisdom! Arguments always start with pride and if there’s one thing that you can take home from this message today, it’s this. If you want to stop fighting with everyone around you, then humble yourself in your communication with your loved ones. Get off your high horse, step down from your pedestal, become a good listener. Stop being a know-it-all, because know-it-alls are filled with pride. Stubbornness is …..pride. And contrary to what you might think, you’re not always right…. You’re not always right! The only one here who is always right is me – at least that’s what my surname says! Funny, a few months after I got married, my wife said: when I married Mr Wright, I never knew his first name was always! She says I bring new meaning to the word stubborn! A true South African male.
But, if we actually take time to stop and listen to what others have to say, we might be surprised, we might actually learn something. Proverbs says we become wise. So instead of always sticking to your guns and being as stubborn as a mule, be humble in your conversation and your thinking; it will prevent an argument.
Taking pride further - Spiritual Pride is a refusal to consider God’s advice - it doesn’t matter what God says. Who needs God, I’m in control. It’s a failure to respond to God – when God calls or instructs, we refuse Him. To deny the authority of Jesus Christ is spiritual pride and until we lose that pride, we remain separated from God.
It’s strange but this describes me so perfectly before I was born again. I was totally in control, I was making things happen and in need of nothing. Who needs Jesus? So puffed up by who I was and what I’d achieved, that God had to practically destroy me to get me to bow my knee. And I thank God every day that He did break me!
PRIDE – THE ROOT OF ALL SIN
Did you know that Pride is the root of all sin? - When Adam and Eve decided they knew better than God and went against His orders, that was pride. No longer humble, they wanted more, they wanted to be puffed up, they wanted to be like God…… The fall of man was due to pride.
And take a look at Satan. Satan is Satan because in pride he wanted more. He wanted to be puffed up, he wanted to be God himself. No humility. He wanted to be in control. Look where it got him – cast out of heaven forever…
And that’s the ultimate result of pride. To be cast out of heaven forever. Turn with me to Proverbs 16...
Pro 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride always comes before a fall and very often leads to destruction. A proud spirit will always lead to a fall of some kind. If you don’t want to fall, and fall you will, then don’t be proud. God hates pride. It is one of the 7 deadly sins: Go back a bit to Proverbs 6…
Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yes, seven are an abomination unto him: (17) A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, (18) A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run swiftly to evil, (19) A false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
The Lord associates pride with liars and murderers, with a wicked heart….. and notice importantly…., with those who stir up trouble within the church…. I find that interesting….
But know for sure that God hates pride…. The Bible mentions it as a serious sin over and over…
But lets look at a bit of background behind the book of Obadiah, so that we can better understand how it applies to our subject today. Obadiah is one of the so-called Minor Prophets and consists of only twenty-one verses and therefore is the shortest book in the Old Testament.
The name Obadiah is taken from the Hebrew name “Ovad-yah”, which means “servant of God”, "Servant of Yahweh" - literally -- "One who serves or worships Yahweh". It’s interesting that whenever you see a name ending in –ah in the Bible, that English translation represents God’s name, the YH of Yahweh. Many of the prophets had God’s name in their own names – like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, Nehemiah. Another perfect example of this is in our Saviour’s name. Jesus was the Greek translation of the Hebrew name Yahoshua – which becomes abbreviated to Yashua and is the theoretically correct name for our Messiah. His name means “God is salvation”.
Now in the Old Testament, there are twelve different individuals mentioned with the name Obadiah, so it was quite an important name in Israelite history. What I found interesting though, is that nothing is known about this fellow Obadiah, nothing about his life or his background, which in itself is a wonderful truth – the truth that God is not as concerned about the messenger of the Lord as He is about the message of the Lord. The message is much more important than the messenger – but how different is it in today’s church!
Consider for a moment, John the Baptist. As he stands in the wilderness, he is asked the question, 'Are you the Christ? Are you the one we've been waiting for?'. And he says: 'There is One coming after me whose shoelaces I am not worthy to tie. I baptize with water but He will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John continually stressed that he was a mere servant of Jesus. Acting in humility.
Now that's the voice, of the true prophet of God. Any prophet that talks about 'me, my, I and everything that I have done, and all the people I have healed, and all the people I have saved, this is not the true messenger of God, because he is taken up more with himself than with his message. It goes against the Word of God. And what is this? It’s…. pride! Those so-called prophets who advertise themselves on Miracle and Healing crusades, or who publicly claim a special anointing, are not God’s prophets at all. Whenever the messenger is advertised above the message, then that terrible sin called pride has reared it’s ugly head.
The message is always more important than the messenger…….
So, we don’t know much about this Obadiah fellow, but it is assumed that he lived in Judah. The Jewish Talmud actually states that Obadiah was not even a Jew, but rather an Edomite who converted to Judaism – so he was a proselyte that God used to rebuke his own people.
Obadiah is a prophecy against the people of Edom. To understand it better, we need to lay some foundations about Edom.
So turn with me for a moment to Genesis chapter 25….
Genesis 25:21 And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. (22) And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to inquire of the LORD. (23) And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. (24) And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. (25) And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. (26) And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bore them.
The Lord said in v23: Two Nations are in thy womb - The Edomites were descendants of Esau, whereas the Israelites were descendants of Jacob, his twin brother. So the nations of Edom and Israel were actually blood relatives. Both had Jewish blood. Both spoke Hebrew. But from the very beginning there was enmity between these two brothers - an enmity which carried over to the nations of Edom and Israel.
- There was conflict over the taking of the birthright by Jacob from Esau, when Esau sold his birthright. (Gen. 25:27-34).
- Esau was born reddish in colour, he sold his birthright for a bowl of red lentil stew and much of the land occupied by the Edomites was made up of dark red sandstone. So the nation of Esau was named Edom, which in Hebrew, means Red.
- The conflict between the 2 brothers continued when Jacob tricked Isaac into blessing him as the firstborn, instead of Esau (Gen. 27).
- And there was trouble years later as the two brothers met (Gen. 32-33).
CONFLICT BETWEEN ESAU AND JACOB
There was conflict between the two nations at the time of the Exodus from Egypt when Edom refused to let the people of Israel pass through on their way to the promised land. (Numbers 20:14-21).
This conflict continued until the time of King David when he conquered the Edomites and put them under Israel’s rule. (II Samuel 8:14).
During the reign of King Jehoram of Judah in 850 BC, Edom revolted and set up their own king. (II Kings 8:20-22; II Chron. 21:8-10)
In 728BC Edom helped the Assyrian Empire under Shalmanesser, to conquer Israel, where the 10 northern tribes of Israel were taken captive, never to return.
Then in 700 BC, Edom helped the Assyrians invade Judah, Israel’s southern neighbours.
In about 587 BC, they helped the Chaldeans, along with Nebucahdnezzar the Babylonian king, to invade Judah and destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. At about this time, the Judaeans were taken into the 70 years of Babylonian captivity.
It was also during this time, that Obadiah gave his prophecy to the people of Edom.
The people of Edom, always mirrored their father Esau’s character, and were continually filled with hatred and bitterness for Israel. Speaking of these people, Amos 1:11 says, "he pursued his brother with the sword, while he stifled his compassion; his anger also tore continually, and he maintained his fury forever." As a result, Malachi prophesied in Mal 1:3 that the Lord would utterly destroy the Edomites. They had become the people "toward whom the Lord is indignant forever!
The Word of God says in Malachi that: God loved Jacob, and God hated Esau. Esau was the firstborn, he was strong, an athlete, a hunter, a fighter and he was his father Isaac’s favourite. How could God hate someone like Esau?
Well, if you think about it, it’s quite simple really - When Esau sold his birthright, the bible says he despised it, and in so doing, he rejected God. He rejected God’s covenant as the inheritance from his father. And for what? ……. For a bowl of lentil stew. You can read the whole story in Genesis 25.
So, Esau succumbed to pride – he didn’t need God, he was in control, he didn’t take God’s advice, nor that of his parents, but rather took his own decisions, and those decisions were always based on the flesh. In his pride, puffed up by his own self worth, it was more important to him to have a full stomach than receive the eternal blessings of God. The flesh, rising above the Spirit, results in pride. Esau never forgave his brother, nor did he repent, but rather the bible says his anger tore continually and he maintained his fury forever.
THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE
But, understand that Jacob was not without sin - he was a conniver, a liar, who stole his brother’s birthright, he tricked his own father and he stole the blessing reserved for the firstborn. The amazing mystery of all this is not so much the fact that God hated Esau, but the fact that God loved Jacob. Surely God has a right to hate us all, hasn't He? We're all filthy sinners in His eyes, we've rebelled against Him, our hearts are wicked, every one of us. He's got every right to hate us and to destroy us. And He does hate sin, and the wrath of God awaits every sinner…. unless they…. Repent, which is what Jacob did. The mystery of the Gospel, the love that we cannot understand is this, that God chose me and He chose you. Why? We certainly deserve His hatred, we deserve His punishment, what did we do to deserve His love? The answer is…. nothing! The God of Jacob is our refuge. It doesn't say the God of Esau, it doesn't say the God of the strong, the God of the wise, the God of the good, the God of the moral, the God of the kind, it doesn't say that - but praise God, for my sake, and for yours, it says the God of…. grace, the God of Jacob is our refuge. Hallelujah! But for His sovereign grace, we should all be like Esau. Praise the Lord!
Turn to the book of Obadiah.
This little book of Obadiah, it deals with the oldest sin on the face of God's earth. It deals with that sin of pride. God is speaking here about the pride of the Edomites.
Edom was a country, a kingdom; its location was immediately to the south of the Jewish country of Judah. Remember that Israel itself had been split into 2 in about 975BC– with Israel in the North and Judah in the South. Edom lay where the southern half of Jordan lies today. At the time of writing this prophecy, the city of Jerusalem is being ransacked by Nebuchadnezzar and the Temple was destroyed. The people of Judah were killed in their thousands and the survivors were about to go into the 70 years of Babylonian captivity.
Let’s take a closer look at what Obadiah says…
Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumor from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.
It says here that God had sent a messenger amongst the heathen, probably an angel, to stir up the Chaldeans and the Babylonians against Edom. The result of the angel’s message on the heathen is, that they simultaneously say let us rise up against Edom in battle. And Jer 49:14 quotes this. It’s amazing how the Lord has the power to change people’s minds. The very people that Edom were currently helping to conquer Judah, were going to change their allegiance and come against them.
V2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.
Notice that here Obadiah speaks in the past tense as if it has already happened. When God speaks it is as good as done. When God speaks it’s not if, but when. It’s accomplished already.
V3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you that dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that says in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
And we’re back to pride. The reason for being Godless. These people were so proud and arrogant that it led to them being self-deceived. They were so proud that they actually thought they were invincible. And isn’t this so true of all of us before we were born again – well at least I was. I was so deceived that I actually thought I was bullet-proof, raising hell wherever I went. But the Lord had other ideas. Thank the Lord for that.
There is really only one way to be safe with God and that is to be at peace with Him by the work of His Son on the cross …….and the Edomites were strangers to that.
Obadiah makes it clear that the idea of a nation being invulnerable is an illusion! Edom felt so secure that they believed no one could destroy them. They built entire cities into rugged mountains, cities hidden inside cliffs, and which could only be reached by a narrow pass --- their famous city of Petra, discovered by archaelogists a few decades ago, was literally carved into the rock of the mountainside. I’m not sure how many of you have seen pictures of it, but it’s a remarkable feat of workmanship – so much so that they declared it a World Heritage site a few years ago.
But their security was misplaced. The Edomites had become proud and wise in their own eyes. God had been left out of the picture. They believed they had all the answers themselves! This was all as a result of the pride and bitter heart of their father Esau. Their pride at what they had accomplished by themselves had caused them to become deceived. God said He would destroy them, and history demonstrates how this occurred.
(4) Though you exalt yourself as the eagle, and set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down, says the LORD. (5) If thieves came to them, if robbers by night, (how you are cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave some grapes? (6) How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!
Here Obadiah, still talking in the past tense, as if it had happened already, here he describes how absolute the plunder of Edom will be. Thieves are usually in a hurry and leave some things behind, but he warns that it won’t be like that for Edom. Instead there will be nothing left. Even their secret hiding places, all their treasure, will be found and plundered.
(7) All the men of your confederacy have brought you even to the border: the men that were at peace with you have deceived you, and prevailed against you; they that eat your bread have laid a wound under you: there is none understanding in him. (8) Shall I not in that day, says the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?
The Chaldeans or Babylonians were Edom’s ally in persecuting the Jews as is mentioned many times in the Psalms, Ezekiel and in Jeremiah. Psa_55:12, Psa_55:13; Jer_4:30, Jer_30:14; Lam_1:19; Eze_23:22-25; Rev_17:12-17
How much more bitter is defeat and humiliation, when a friend helps in it? Edom had all along with unnatural hatred persecuted his brother, Jacob. So, in God’s justice, its friends would be among its destroyers. Included with the Babylonians as Edom’s allies were also the Nabatean Arabs, which were made up of tribes from Ammon, Moab and Gilead. These former allies, he says, will send the Edomites “to the border” of their own country. As Edom turned peace with Judah into war, so those at peace with Edom would use deceit and violence against them.
It says in v7 that There is none understanding in him - Edom, through its alliance with Babylon and Egypt, had been famed for it’s knowledge, wisdom and skill. But, pride and self-confidence always betrays a man to his fall; and while he is falling, self-confidence passes quickly into fear, and then into shock. In sudden shock, the mind collapses. Ever seen someone in severe shock? You cannot understand them, they don’t make sense – their minds fail them. Pride and over confidence is the parent of desperate fear and shock, and this is what happens to Edom. There is none understanding in him.
9 And your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. (10) For your violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you will be cut off forever.
In Deuteronomy 23:7 God had commanded Israel: Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: This was an absolute commandment – one of the “thou shalt’s”. Israel kept their side of the bargain, only fighting against Edom in self defence. But Edom never listened. They were too proud to listen to God!
How much hatred do you have to have in your heart to treat your own brother the way Esau treated Jacob. Edom had committed serious acts of war against their brother, the Israelites, who couldn’t retaliate because of God’s commandment. The Edomites helped the Babylonians in the overthrow of Jerusalem, which was happening at the point of this prophecy. They rejoiced in Israel’s calamity and they thought that by co-operating with Nebuchadnezzar in the sacking of Jerusalem, they had secured themselves a valuable ally. Put your trust in another human and you’re sure to be disappointed.
Verse 10 says: shame shall cover you The “shame” which Obadiah speaks about is a picture of salvation.
- The shame at being convicted of sin in the believers life, results in repentance and turns aside the anger of God.
- But the shame that sin brings in the unbelievers life, doesn’t bring repentance, but in pride, rather leads to more and more sin, until finally, their shame covers them completely and they are cut off from God forever.
So it was with Edom. Edom had laid his plans and had succeeded, but being unrepentant, the wheel of God’s Providence, turned full circle on them, until they were covered in shame.
(11) In the day that you stood on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even you were as one of them.
The Edomites stood and watched as the Babylonians carried their captives away. And this is a warning to us: If you are aware of something evil or unjust happening and instead of acting upon it, you just stand by and watch – you become as one of them. You become an accomplice, just as guilty.
(12) But you shouldn’t have looked on the day of your brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither should you have spoken….. proudly in the day of distress.
There’s that horrible word again – proud.
Pro 17:5 He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished.
Pro 24:17 Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles: (18) Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turns away his wrath from your enemy.
This is quite important people, especially in the days we are living in, where we see God’s wrath being poured out more and more on the unbelievers and those who persecute Christians. We should never rejoice at other people’s calamities. We should never be happy about the natural disasters that continue to plague certain communities throughout the world. We should never gloat when other people fall, regardless who they may be.
Remember that it’s only by God’s grace that it isn’t us.
13 You should not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yes, you should not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity; (14) Neither should you have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither should you have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.
It’s actually quite astonishing how accurate this prophecy is. The Babylonian armies surrounded Jerusalem. They captured them and killed many thousands. Many were scattered over the countryside, running for their lives and escaped towards the desert country of these Edomites, looking for mercy and for asylum. You would have thought that your twin brother would be willing to help, would you not? For these poor refugees, it wasn’t so. During the sacking of Jerusalem, the Jews naturally fled by the crossways – the narrow mountain passes, to escape to the desert through Edom into Egypt; but the Edomites stood ready to intercept anyone who escaped to either kill them or deliver them back to be taken into captivity. Not only did Edom not accept their Jewish brethren as refugees but, worse still, in this time of their weakness they went in to invade the south of Judah and annex their land. The Edomites remained there for the next 4 centuries where they became known as Idumeans.
15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as you have done, it will be done unto you: your reward will return upon your own head. —
And here we have that righteous principle of retribution – you will reap what you have sown.
Gal. 6:7"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap!"
And as they had done, so would it be done to them. Our Lord says in Matthew 26:52 They that take the sword shall perish by the sword.
16 Because just as you drank on My holy mountain, All the nations will drink continually. They will drink and swallow And become as if they had never existed. (17) "But on Mount Zion there will be those who escape, And it will be holy. And the house of Jacob will possess their possessions.
The cup of wrath that Jerusalem drank during it’s destruction, God promises that all heathens will drink that same cup…. continually – and continually means eternally – but notice here that there is a subtle difference. The heathen will become as they never existed, but out of God’s Holy mountain will come a remnant of survivors, and they will be holy and Israel will be restored in all it’s glory. That’s a picture of Christ’s return, where only a faithful remnant will survive out of all the nations, and we will reign in holiness in the New Jerusalem. And he continues this picture of Christ’s return in the following verse:
18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
Isaiah 10:17 talks about this fire and flame, it says And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns in one day; This is a picture of the church being a fire and Jesus being the flame, who will in one day devour the thorns in their sides
THE FINAL FALL OF EDOM
And the house of Esau for stubble – ; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau
The historical writings of Josephus and the books of the Maccabees show that in about 320BC, the Seleucid Greek Empire had taken over and invaded Judah..
In 200BC, we have Antiochus Epiphanes as their ruler, who invades Judah and destroys the Temple for the second time. Round about this time, many Jews who had stayed in Babylon after the captivity, returned. In about 160BC we have the formation of the Maccabees, who were essentially Jewish freedom fighters. Judas Maccabaeus together with a small army of remaining Jews destroyed the Greek reign in Judah, and went on to fight against Edom and inflict a heavy defeat on them. Then, about 30 years later, another Maccabee, John Hyrcanus, in 135BC defeated those Edomites that had stolen parts of Judah when the Babylonians were there. He permitted some of them to remain in the country, on condition that they would receive circumcision, and become Jews. (Eze 37:16). At the same time, the Nabatean Arabs (remember these were Edom’s confederate allies spoken about in v7) well, these Arabs moved to the South and utterly defeated the mountain Kingdom of Edom and possessed their land.
Then finally, the Romans invade Judah under Titus, and we see the Jewish uprising that was know as the Roman-Jewish wars. The Jewish fighters at the time were called zealots and called the Edomites to help defend the Temple. About 20000 remaining Edomites were involved in the fight against the Romans for the Temple and were utterly slaughtered in what Josephus describes as “unimaginable evil”. The temple was destroyed for the 3rd time and the Edomites disappeared from history.
An amazing fact is that Arab tradition preserves the memory of three Jewish-Arab tribes, but none of them were Edomites.
And then to add insult to injury, in the year 323AD, it is documented that a massive earthquake utterly destroyed the inner city of Petra, leaving only it’s perimeters standing.
The Bible scholar Briscoe wrote: If you travel today in the region of Edom, you will find nothing but the most stark wilderness and the most isolated emptiness ..... it is one of the most formidable, forsaken spots on earth."
And God said: They will become as if they had never existed!!
Isn’t it incredible, how God’s Word proves itself time after time to be true?! The lesson for you and for me is to take courage that nothing, but nothing, will interrupt God's purpose. When God speaks, it will happen. All the prophecies written in the Bible have come true or are about to come true. For those of you who still need to prove the Bible is true, there are 371 prophecies written about the Messiah, most of which came true in Jesus Christ, the others will be fulfilled when He returns. And return He will! 371 Coincidences? – I don’t think so. The Bible is true, every book in it.
(21) And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.
In the end, it’s Mount Zion vs Mount Esau. God’s righteousness vs human pride. The Word vs the world. This verse speaks of the Lord’s return to judge the world, with you and me.
Mat 19:28, “ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Little by little, all things that are happening in our time are working towards the introduction of the Kingdom of Glory. Every one of these changes is working towards one great final end - the return of the Lord Jesus to rescue us from this evil world.
In closing, turn with me to 1 Corinthians 13…
1 Cor 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not puffed up…
If we are proud, boastful or puffed up, then we need to examine our hearts, because then we don’t have the love of Christ. Look at verse 1. Without love, we just become a loud clanging cymbal. And that’s a serious problem.
The Bible is true, all of it, every book in it. And it says, that pride comes before a fall.
If you don’t want to fall, then don’t become proud – but understand one thing very clearly – you cannot change yourself, you cannot become humble in your own strength – it’s something you cannot do on your own - the only way you can achieve it, is to submit yourself in humility to the calling of Jesus Christ and His Word.
IT will change YOU.
Amen & Thankyou for your time