Am I my brother’s keeper?

“You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune.” (Obadiah 1:12)
Edom (from Esau, Jacob’s brother) and Israel (from Jacob) fought for years.
Obadiah describes how Edomites took advantage of defeated Israel and her refugees.
This tension makes me think of the present day tensions between Jews and Muslims.
Both claim Abraham (grandfather of Jacob and Esau) as their father.
And yet, as brothers, they fight and harass and oppress each other.
God’s command is that we treat all people with respect, since we’re all family!
All people, all nations, will be judged for how they treated others.
“As you have done, it will be done to you…” (Obadiah 1:15)
Think of how Jesus taught us to “forgive… as we have been forgiven (Matthew 6:12)
Will God treat us as we have treated the weak or needy or guilty around us?
Will God treat the Jews as they treated the Palestinians, or vice versa?
Will God treat me as I treated the homeless, the addicted, the criminals?
If Jesus is our pattern for how to treat tax collectors, prostitutes, foreigners…
Who are the people I am not being a good brother too?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, I know I am forgiven by grace. But help me to share that grace with others, as You have shared it with me, lest I lose out on the very grace that I have received.

One Comment

  1. Obadiah mean worshipper or servant of the Lord.
    We all are His servants even today. And as His servants we/I need to hear His Word.
    Although the peoples are fighting, the end result will be that the kingdom shall be the Lord’s. Despite all the problems, all the needs, all the crisis, God will take care of you/me.

    1 Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
    God will take care of you;
    Beneath his wings of love abide,
    God will take care of you.

    God will take care of you,
    Through ev’ry day,
    O’er all the way;
    He will take care of you,
    God will take care of you.

    2 Through days of toil when heart does fail,
    God will take care of you;
    When dangers fierce your path assail,
    God will take care of you. [Refrain]

    3 All you may need he will provide,
    God will take care of you;
    Nothing you ask will be denied,
    God will take care of you. [Refrain]

    4 No matter what may be the test,
    God will take care of you;
    Lean, weary one, upon his breast,
    God will take care of you. [Refrain]

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