Obadiah 11-16 This prophecy is against Edom. Its destruction seems tohave been typical, as their father Esau's rejection; and torefer to the destruction of the enemies of the gospel church.See the prediction of the success of that war; Edom shall bespoiled, and brought down. All the enemies of God's church shallbe disappointed in the things they stay themselves on. God caneasily lay those low who magnify and exalt themselves; and willdo it. Carnal security ripens men for ruin, and makes the ruinworse when it comes. Treasures on earth cannot be so safely laidup but that thieves may break through and steal; it is thereforeour wisdom to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven. Thosethat make flesh their trust, arm it against themselves. The Godof our covenant will never deceive us: but if we trust men withwhom we join ourselves, it may prove to us a wound anddishonour. God will justly deny those understanding to keep outof danger, who will not use their understandings to keep out ofsin. All violence, all unrighteousness, is sin; but it makes theviolence far worse, if it be done against any of God's people.Their barbarous conduct towards Judah and Jerusalem, is chargedupon them. In reflecting on ourselves, it is good to considerwhat we should have done; to compare our practice with theScripture rule. Sin, thus looked upon in the glass of thecommandment, will appear exceedingly sinful. Those have a greatdeal to answer for, who are idle spectators of the troubles oftheir neighbours, when able to be active helpers. Those makethemselves poor, who think to make themselves rich by the ruinof the people of God; and those deceive themselves, who call allthat their own on which they can lay their hands in a day ofcalamity. Though judgment begins at the house of God, it shallnot end there. Let sorrowful believers and insolent oppressorsknow, that the troubles of the righteous will soon end, butthose of the wicked will be eternal.
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