GOD will FINALLY establish HIS KINGDOM
September 24 Bible Reading: Obadiah Chapter 1
"But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; they shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau," for the Lord has spoken. "Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, and the kingdom shall be the Lord's." (Ob 1:17-18, 21)
God’s goal in history is the establishment of His kingdom. For Israel this will include the return of the people, the possession of the land, the judgment on Israel’s enemies, and the restoration of the kingdom in holiness. The above verses contain the promise of the expansion of God’s people in all directions until they regain their ancient territory. God’s repeated promise concerning possession of the land (in Gen. 12:7) will have its final fulfillment through God’s help!
We should note that “Mount Zion” (in v. 17) and “My holy mountain” (in v. 16) refer to the same place: Jerusalem. The references to the “house of Jacob” and the “house of Joseph” (in v. 18) signify a unified Israel. God intends to rejoin the kingdoms of Israel and Judah as one people again. The closing verse looks forward to that time when the Lord’s people will come to mount Zion and judge the mount of Esau during the kingdom age (Dan. 7:27; Rev. 5:10). The emphasis on “saviors” (in v. 21) is upon God the Father as the Savior (Is. 45:21) and upon God the Son as Savior (Acts 4:12). God will be all in all, and His glorious, triumphant people will reign forever with Him!
Let us understand that these were Obadiah’s last words against all human arrogance, pride, and rebellion. Edom had thought itself indestructible; but the Lord humbled that nation and restored the fallen Israel. Many people are tempted to consider themselves beyond the reach of God. But God will bring them low, just as He will lift those who humble themselves before Him. And one great day, He will establish His just rule over all…!!!