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  • Rinah Shalom
    True Repentance  Part 1 of 2   The House of Jacob will be a fire, and the House of Joseph a flame. The House of Esau will be as straw. They will kindle and
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      True Repentance 
      Part 1 of 2  

      "The House of Jacob will be a fire, and the House of Joseph a flame. The House of Esau will be as straw. They will kindle and consume them. There will be no survivor from the House of Esau, for Yahveh has spoken."
        Obadiah 1:18

      This very short Book of Obadiah focuses on the people of Edom - Esau's descendants, (Genesis 36:1) who lived southeast of Israel. Not only did they rejoice over the sufferings of Jacob's descendants within the Holy Land, but they also took advantage of their plight to loot their territory and help the invader. Obadiah prophesied that Edom would be punished and defeated when Messiah comes, along with other nations who were Israel's enemies.
      Why was Yahveh angry with Esau?  
       
      In many instances Esau appears to have been wronged against. In a moment of personal weakness, he was beaten by Jacob to the birthright, and later, his father was tricked into giving the blessing meant for him to his brother. Although Esau intended to avenge Jacob, he did not actually carry out his plan. Backed by his army of four hundred men, he could easily have done so, when he met Jacob on his way home from Haran. Moreover, Esau allowed Jacob to participate at his father's burial. (Genesis 35:29) Indeed, the Torah forbids the Israelites to abhor Edom 'for he is your brother.' (Deuteronomy 23:8)
       
      Thus we see that Esau's sins would be largely in the future - those of his offspring, rather than his own. As Obadiah states: "for the outrage to your brother Jacob, disgrace will engulf you, and you will perish for ever."  Obadiah 1:10
       
       
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