There’s this family line in the history of Jews, that were different people groups, but they shared familial blood. God kept them apart from each other, he attempted to keep them from destroying each other and almost expected them to play nice and be friends.
Israel decided it wasn’t all about following God, and Judah followed suit. And as they were being carted away to foreign lands, the Edomites looked at themselves, comparing their own situation to that of the exiled Jews and decided that they must be the chosen. They must be invincible. So they took advantage and did not so nice things to their brothers and sisters next door. Their arrogance and pride was pointed out by God through the prophet Obadiah.
“I will surely make you least among the nations; you shall be utterly despised.
Your proud heart has deceived you, you that live in the clefts of the rock, whose dwelling is in the heights. You say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, says the LORD.” (OB 2-4)
And God kindly reminds them, that they are deceived. Although they consider themselves unable to be brought down from their soaring, and their fortresses in the hills, God begins to talk about what is about to happen because of their violence, because of their pride, because of their choices.
He draws a picture of a thief coming and not just taking what he needs, and a grape gatherer not leaving any gleanings. But taking it all. That their wise people, the ones with understanding would be taken as well.
The prophet passes on a hopeful message at the end though, that justice will come. The day of the Lord will come, to ALL nations. No one will escape Gods redressing of abuses and oppression. That those who escape the pride and arrogance of the aggressors, those that are saved
“shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”
Although the oppressors currently lived and controlled the mountains, the Lords kingdom is going to rule. And as you look into what the kingdom of God looks like, throughout the Old Testament and through the life and words of Jesus. This kingdom is a place you want to be apart of.
From my place in the world, as a white, middle class man who hasn’t read the news properly in three months, it looks like to me, that Russia is currently playing the part of ‘Edomites’ to Ukraine. (Not that I am paralleling Ukraine being the Lords specific people), but, on one side, you have this giant, pride filled country (see run up to the olympics, and history of the USSR, and Putin as a leader). A country who has the largest land mass in the world. Who, on and off, has been at war with most of the rest of the world for a good part of the last century (WWI and II, the cold war, and now a land war), they have (to my limited knowledge) never surrendered, or humbly given anything to anyone outside of the break up of the USSR, when it lost a tiny bit of its giant land mass. And they sit as if to ask the entire world:
“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Tempting some type of reaction with a subtle behind the scenes land steal and continued boisterous insurgencies, and being escalated this week with a passenger plane being shot down by who knows who? Who knows if it is a Russian continuation of destabilizing Ukrainian wide security, similar to the presidential tampering Russia has been involved in since the early 2000’s. Who knows if this is a Ukrainian ploy to discredit the Russian invasion to get the world to notice their plight for justice? Or who knows if this is a completely separate aggressor who has something against Malaysian Airlines, or even an environmental activist attempting to convince the world to stop flying and destroying our world?
What we do know, is that Ukraine is being treated without dignity, without support and without the brotherhood of the communities of familial nations. The Ukrainian and Russian languages are very similar. The two nations have brother-like histories, and should know better than to treat each other like hostile strangers.
This week is a sad week. This airplane crash is a sad destruction of beautiful human life. Including the deaths of world renowned researchers into possible AIDs cures. And although Gods sovereignty isn’t the greatest comfort a lot of the time, what is interesting in the book of Obadiah is
“As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.” v15
We have the capacity to treat each other with dignity. We have the capacity to honour and support and fight for each others good. Currently, with giant Russia breathing down their necks, Ukraine may need a little brother-hood thrown their way. If Russia was attacking Israel, it would be shut down in moments.
“Hope is not a rumour
Heaven is not a mile away
It is as close as the blood within my veins
As steady as your stand sure name” – EK
In conclusion –
TREAT PEOPLE RIGHT.
DON’T STEAL OTHER PEOPLES HOUSES, IT ISN’T NICE!
PS: What I’m most confused about is the ‘what’. Yes Ukraine needs support, but in what form? Sanctions don’t work on such a giant. There has to be something else.
Post script 2, if France is 98% Americans, does it automatically become an American satellite? Can countries be ‘conquered’ through baby making, and if they can, then Crimea is legitimately Russian.