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Judgment on Edom (2)

God hates treachery. Jeremiah 49.17-22

Judgment on the Nations (2): Jeremiah 49 (3)

Pray Psalm 59.16, 17.
But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

Sing Psalm 59.16, 17.

(Neumark: If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee)
But as for me, Your strength I’m singing;
with joy I sing Your grace, O Lord!
My trials and troubles I am bringing
to know the shelter of Your Word.
O God, my strength, I sing Your praise;
You are my stronghold all my days.

Read and meditate on Jeremiah 49.17-22.

1. How would the nations look on Edom after God’s judgment had come?

2. What was God going to do with His people?

God puts an exclamation point after His threat to judge Edom. He will devour, like a lion coming upon a flock (vv. 19, 20); He will carry them away like an eagle carrying its prey (v. 22); He will make their land desolate and blight them with plagues (vv. 20, 17). So great and complete will be the judgment of God against Edom that all who see it will be astonished (v. 17). It will be like the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (v. 18). God will come like a lion, and no shepherd will be able to withstand Him (v. 19).

God hates treachery, and Edom had acted treacherously against Judah and Jerusalem. The hearts of Edom’s mighty men – so proud and self-confident – will melt in the day of God’s judgment (v. 22). They will be like a woman in the pangs of childbirth.

But wait: We’ve seen that image before (Jer. 6.24; 13.20, 21), and in those settings we said it looked like a flicker of hope. Though suffering and anguish were about to befall the people of Judah and Jerusalem, a new day of restoration would be born into the world for them. The faithful were to see in that image the promise of a future return and restoration, and this would help them endure the hardship that lay just ahead.

Is God saying the same to Edom? Can God’s covenant incorporate a people as treacherous and vicious as even the Edomites?

Can it embrace people as sinful, angry, unforgiving, and hard-hearted as we? Thank God, that through Jesus, Who has borne all the sins of the world, even the descendants of Edom and we, too, can find new life with God.

1. The Oxford English Dictionary defines treachery as “betrayal of trust; the quality of being deceptive.” What are some forms that treachery might take in our day?

2. Why did God hate Edom’s treachery so much? Does He hate it as much when we act treacherously?

3. All sin is a form of treachery against God. Explain.

The meaning then is, as I think, that as lions ascended to higher grounds when Jordan swelled and overflowed, so the Chaldeans would come to the Idumeans, and invade the country like furious wild beasts. John Calvin (1509-1564), Commentary on Jeremiah 49.19

Thank You, Lord, the Jesus died for my sins. Help me live for Him today as I…

Pray Psalm 59.1-15.

Commit your day to the Lord – all your activities, challenges, tasks, and work. Then live in the new life Jesus has given you by His Spirit.

Sing Psalm 59.1-15.
Psalm 59.1-15 (Neumark: If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee)
Deliver me from all my foes, Lord;
set me on high secure away;
From all who seek to work me woe, Lord,
deliver me from day to day.
For, lo, they seek to take my life;
fierce foes advance to bring me strife!

Not for transgressions they assault me,
nor any sin which I have done.
With nothing they can charge or fault me,
and yet to trouble me they run.
Arouse Yourself, O Lord, awake,
and come with haste my foes to break.

Like dogs at large within a city,
they bark and howl fierce threats at me.
They boast of evil without pity,
but You, O Lord, their treach’ry see.
Because of them I watch for You,
O God my strength, forever true!

My God in steadfast love will meet me,
and let me look triumphantly
On all my foes, who would defeat me
did not He shield and shelter me.
That men may know Your pow’r, O Lord,
subdue and rule them by Your Word.

T. M. Moore

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. All quotations from Church Fathers from
Ancient Christian Commentary Series, General Editor Thomas C. Oden (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006). All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter (available by clicking here).

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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