Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Obadiah 1, 3, 10, 17, 21

THE REWARD OF THE WICKED

Sep 16, 1956 am
Sep 26, 1971 am

Sorry to repeat a sermon - 9-16-56 am, but in 1-66 I had four, so let's take a look again!

OBADIAH, LEAST KNOWN OF THE PROPHETS, UNPLEASANT MESSAGE, NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY BY EDOM!

  • Whether prophet crying Doom, or evangelist crying Salvation - few really hear with their heart.
  • Every man at some time during his life is presented with choice of Esau- Pottage or Birthright?
  • Esau and Edom chose pottage- pursued her swill through centuries - building up wrath and judgement,

The Law of God demands retribution - here or hereafter; your sins paid up NOW OR LATER.

RUMOR FROM THE LORD !!!  OBADIAH 1B

Our world today - with great communication, still rumors (Attica Prison riot facts?) this is why we use the Bible - solid.

"WE HAVE HEARD A RUMOR FROM THE LORD" - GOD CALLS NATIONS TO EXECUTE HIS JUDGMENT - V.1

  • Amos 3:7 - God does nothing without telling His friends - when He whispers, listen!  To preachers!
  • First was a rumor, then an ambassador to gather nations - then a stampede guided by God - anti Edom.
  • When God has had enough of a nation's sin- or an individual's - He sets them up for a mighty high fall.

"THOUGH THOU EXALT THYSELF AS AN EAGLE... I WILL BRING THEE DOWN, SAITH THE LORD" - V.4

  • Edom thought herself completely defended - wealth, strength, security, wisdom, armies, friends, BOSH.
  • When God says sin will be punished, it is sure!  Further sin - unbelief will not stay the death.
  • God takes His time, men think He has forgotten, or is dead; prophets fret - but not one word falls to the ground.

THE DESTRUCTION OF EDOM FOR SIN WAS PROMISED TO BE COMPLETE AND FOREVER

  • Those who were to destroy Edom would not be normal thieves - v.5 riches won't satisfy them - they were after blood.
  • Those who steal grapes would leave vines for another year - but not these! An absolute end!
  • Wise men destroyed, mighty dismayed, hidden treasures dug out, friends who ate with them - killed them.

God's Prophet - Obadiah delivered the message - they continued in sin and laughed at his word.

THIS RUMOR WAS FULFILLED

Most gossip is not true; most of what you worry about never happens, but - God hath said!

"AS THOU HAST DONE, IT SHALL BE DONE UNTO THEE" - V.5 - PROPHESIED 890BC, SACKED JERUSALEM 6 TIMES!

  • Edom was cruel, materialistic, showed no mercy, took delight in carnage - cf verses 10-14.
  • There are people as nations today with no mercy - California Orchard slayings, our Beauty Parlor murders in Mesa.
  • Some of you have borne great injustice - borne cruelty, suffering!  Forgive and forget - God collects.

"AND THEY SHALL BE AS THOUGH THEY HAVE NOT BEEN" - V.16 - REMEMBER, NATIONS ANNIHILATED - SOULS, NEVER!

  • Not just a judgment as they helped give Judah; but this nation was annihilated - completely -
  • Goethe rewrote Faust - changed the ending to save him; but Edom's history cannot be rewritten!
  • The great glory of the city set in the rock - is now not even ruins!  But caves left - no walls!

"THE HOUSE OF JACOB SHALL POSSESS THE LAND" - V.17 AND CHRISTIANS ALSO SHALL POSSESS THEIR INHERITANCE

  • Deliverance and Holiness shall come out of Zion for Israel - not Edom; for Christian, not the wicked.
  • God's people shall someday possess all that the Lord has promised them!  Do you now?
  • Edom in fact will provide a place for refuge for Israel - tribulation time and prepared for with Bibles.

Petra is now in Jordan - only a short land grab 20 miles - a four-day walk - from Jerusalem!

THIS RUMOR HAS ITS ECHO TODAY

History and prophecy have bad habits of repeating themselves in great concentric circles - watch.

I HEAR A RUMOR ABOUT AMERICA; HER PEOPLE, CHURCHES, AND HER GREAT WEALTH, BUT PRIDE, WRATH

  • I read in scripture - when men cry peace! - leaders cry disarm!  President to Red China, worried!
  • I read in people - lawlessness, cruelty, not so much riot, but more subtle destructive theft, wrath.
  • I read in the land - quakes, cracks, floods in desert, drought, insect invasion, sickness in body and mind.

THE CHOICE STILL OFFERED TO MAN IS - A MESS OF PORRIGE OR BIRTHRIGHT - GEN 25:34, SOUP OR SPIRIT?

  • The Reds (Edomites) are sacking the wealth of God's Country - Nation be hanged, I want my money!
  • A lot of blind Christians think our wealth will last forever - Jerusalem was sacked 6 times!  Remember!!
  • The Ugly American is thought of much as ancient Edom was - and we do not have Israel's national promise.

THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR, AND OUR REWARD WILL RETURN UPON OUR OWN HEAD - V.15

  • Jesus spoke much about judgment and Hell - Matt 5:19,22,28,29; 13:41, 23:33, 25:46 - read facts.
  • God's love also demands just payment for every debt - punishment for every sin - do you believe?
  • The Saviour from Mt. Zion is Jesus- He took our payment for sin - on HIS CROSS!  He offers salvation!

But will you possess what God has offered you?  Possess your Soul - for Jesus! Or the devil will take it.

ESAU SOUGHT REPENTANCE - HEB 12:17 - EVEN WITH TEARS - BUT HE COULD NOT FIND IT!  CAN YOU?

  • Whatever pride, hatred, hardness of heart - God will forgive you if you seek it through Jesus!
  • God has offered to change your life - let you love instead of hate - if you possess your possessions.
  • God has a birthright for you - but it is through obedience to Jesus - claim it today!

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