The Book of Obadiah – Part 3

The Book of Obadiah – Part 3

“Wresting the Judgment of God”

Pro 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

When we are fornicating with this world and under the influence of the false doctrines of Babylon, we will truly believe we are doing right by God, especially when compared to those evil wicked people “over there”. Yet the Lord’s standard is much higher than “good”; it is “perfection” unto holiness, and only HE can bring that about in us through Christ in the appointed time for each of us. We saw last week that doing violence to the Word is the opposite of Godly love. Doing violence is what we do in our rebellious, carnal state when we are led astray and think we are actually serving God in our self-righteous rebellion while we actually are persecuting Christ and hate (murder) His true doctrines and the brethren that speak it.

Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you (i.e. does violence) will think that he doeth God service.
Joh 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

We do this in our ignorance not knowing yet the sovereignty of God and that He needs nothing from any of us as the Master Potter.

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Part of that work is causing us to first rebel against Him and provoke the wrath of the Lord against our rebellious old man so we will learn the truth via His strange act better known as the “chastening grace” that is the means of being judged. We see the reason and cause for this fornication in the story of Samson.

Jdg 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
Jdg 14:2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

There is a method to God’s ways of causing us to err and then teaching us via corrective judgment. This process begins with the people of God.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

The verses for today’s study in the book of Obadiah will give us some more detail on the violence we first do against our brothers and neighbors. The Lord will use this rebellion to seek the occasion to come destroy the mount of Esau within and without at the appointed time.

Mankind, beginning with the people of God, must live by every word, even these from Obadiah. It is necessary that we first know “a Jesus” in the flesh before we are given to know true righteousness. Our time in Babylon is where we learn and apply a perverted view of love and blaspheme against the true God and doctrines of Christ. Our carnal mind wants nothing to do with the real Christ, and we are quick to join the “crowd of strangers” (lying spirits) that oppose and call for His death.

Luk 23:23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

In our state of being at first a false witness for Christ, we rejoice over this destruction of the children of Judah (the new man coming forth) that must first be killed by the inward beast.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

These Obadiah verses speak of Israel, God’s very elect committing fornication with strangers and not being true to our one true Husband. This revolt is led by the “Edomites” within us who do not want to submit to Christ (David) and who want to make their own king

2Ch 21:8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

2Ch 21:10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. ….
2Ch 21:11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

Ezekiel 16 has much detail of this progressive fornication and a whoring with the world we all first engage in until the Lord in His mercy brings the fiery trials that burn this out of us.

Eze 16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

Christ Himself makes this accusation to us when the ambassador is sent and we of course will deny it in our spiritual blindness and deafness at the time.

Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

But the day comes,, and we see the abomination and are bearing the judgment of God for our leading God’s Israel into spiritual fornication and sacrifice unto idols and false gods.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

We do this outwardly for sure but the nations within are also made to drink the wine of this fornication.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

The commandments of Christ demand that we judge righteous judgment and stand guard over the flock of God and ensure nothing that defiles is allowed in or remains in the camp of Israel. If we do not judge these things properly now, we will not be put in a position of judging the world and angels in the age to come.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1Co 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

We are doing this in down payment form within the Body of Christ to be trained for our role to come. Paul gives us examples of what a true loving response to our brother looks like.

1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

1Co 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

The “yet” carnal Corinthians were putting up with fornication and Paul had to rebuke them sharply in his first letter and remind us of the seriousness of fleeing from fornication and that such sins are sins against the Body of Christ. So if we love Christ we will take seriously the commands to purge out the leaven among us.

1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

We cannot be partakers of the defilement within the house of God. Sitting idly by is not doing the commandments given to Israel. Christ comes to divide and brings a sword rather than peace to the things of the flesh (Esau).

Deu 20:17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:
Deu 20:18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

As Christ’s sons we have a godly responsibility to oversee and shepherd the flock of God. When our brothers and sisters go astray we must go after them to turn them back to the truth following biblical principles such as Matthew 18 and others as called for in the Scriptures. Yet with our polluted Babylonian definition of love we will watch, partake of and rejoice in the defilement of God’s temple, which temple we are, and all the while think we are doing God a service and loving one another. Yet this rebellion and rejection of God’s Word is our wresting of the righteous judgment of God and will disqualify us from being kings and priests. That old man will need to be replaced with Christ in us in due time. This was one of the lessons of King Saul, the anointed of God who rebelled against the commandments and wrested God’s judgment in favor of his own, all the while claiming he was being obedient. Samuel the prophet was sent to bring correction and judgment through the words of the Lord.

1Sa 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.
1Sa 15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.
1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

The flesh in all of us will naturally cut corners (take the easy way) and rationalize away the commandments of Christ, especially when we are deceived with the false definition of love that excludes obedience to God. We will look upon our own rebellion and that of others and let it go in our lascivious state of being. We are warned of men such as this (you and me) who will creep into the church of God unawares.

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is in this lascivious state of immaturity that the Lord seeks an occasion to bring judgment to us. We cannot look upon evil (word translated as affliction in verse 13). As brute beasts, we corrupt ourselves and others when we go the way of Cain (works of our hands) and think godliness is a means for gain (way of Balaam) who will perish the day their rebellion is confronted by the shepherds of God’s flock.

Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

The perishing of this rebellious beast is a good thing which is why exercising discipline in the Body of Christ is a much needed function and why we have specific commands to follow.

Drilling down into the word translated ‘substance’ (H2428) helps unlock the understanding of this verse 13. The substance we lay “hands” on is speaking to the strength and pulls of our flesh. These are the armies, the host, the strength, the forces, the power…. the substance that Christ will overcome but in the meantime is to be separated from as God’s people.

H2428
chayil
khah’-yil
From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength: – able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+) valiant (-ly), valour, virtuous (-ly), war, worthy (-ily).
Total KJV occurrences: 243
This word is translated substance only 7 of 243 times as this KJC extract shows.
army, 51
valour, 37
host, 28
valiant, 20
forces, 14
strength, 12
riches, 11
wealth, 10
power, 9
substance, 7
Job_5:4-5 (2), Job_15:29, Job_20:18, Jer_15:13, Jer_17:3, Oba 1:14, Mic_4:13 (2)
might, 6
strong, 5
valiantly, 5
able, 4
armies, 4
virtuous, 3
goods, 2
war, 2
activity, 1
company, 1

Here is another use of this word translated as “substance” that confirms the linkage to the strength of the flesh (the mountain of Edom within) to our sinful nature and the ultimate spoiling of that in the rebirthing process.

Jer 17:3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders.

We are not to lay hands on this substance we are to separate from and touch not what is unclean and that includes all the lies and false doctrines that keep the beast sitting comfortably on God’s throne in our hearts and minds.

When we are in the world (the field) seeking to save our lives, we will indeed lose it spiritually. We need to take obedience seriously and exercise judgment as proper watchmen and judges in the house of God. We need to encourage one another and be faithful to Christ’s commandments and know that is what the true love of God is. Flesh always wants to avoid the pain of childbirth.

Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

So this accusation that God has against us is valid. We are all first a false witness and these verses speak of our attempts at being religious by wresting the righteous judgment of God from ourselves and others. Doing so is how we try to save our life in the flesh. But as those as being prepared to judge this world in righteousness we best not be doing these things.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

The stories of Jacob, Job and many others show the pattern we must live out of wrestling with God and not accepting His judgments and the fiery trials He brings upon us. But ultimately the light comes to us and we stop this wrestling and enter into the rest found only in Christ.

Gen 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

We had best come to appreciate God’s judgments and know they are the way we enter into Christ.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

We must come to practice what Paul taught that nobody has arrived and that we must continue in these things to the very end. No greasy grace in the true gospel, only a fearful expectation of judgment if we keep on sinning after coming to knowledge of the Truth.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We watch over the flock of God by making righteous judgments, starting within ourselves.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Do watchmen on the walls keep silent? No, but we have a sound pattern on how to do this that is beyond the scope of this study. The judgment of God is what saves us and that comes through the spoken Word!

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,
Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Here is true love in action; not partaking of their evil deeds and being an enabler of fornication but hastening the work of the Lord by being the watchmen we are called to be. Sadly, many will call these loving actions evil and call the facilitation of evil as good.

Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

All of us that are given to enter into Christ and His Body are shepherds of the sheep. We lead them out of sin and from following lying spirits.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

This is a serious role we have been given as the judges of the Israel of God. We have seen this play out even recently in the Body of Christ. But before we are given to take the Word seriously and tremble at it, we are taking these things lightly and are not the judges and watchmen we are called to be. We bring damnation upon ourselves and to “the Christ” of Christ.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

If we want to be in that First Resurrection, we had better be judging righteous judgment right here and right now.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

The Lord is not in the business of preserving the old man and our carnal nature. He is in the business of destroying it, hence we see the Lord’s actions, which we as His Christ are to follow.

Knowing this is the way into the kingdom and how righteousness comes to us, we should instead of wresting or putting off judgment, be hastening the coming of the Lord who brings judgment to us through the Word.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

This verse instantly brought to my mind the words of Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23.

Mat 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

In our unconverted state and until we grow into a mature man, we are the man that Obadiah here and Christ in Matthew 23 and Luke 11 is speaking about. We do not enter into the kingdom, and we keep others from entering in, namely, by wresting the righteous judgment of God within and without via our lies and false doctrines and way of life. We are a false witness with a false love when we talk the talk but do not walk it out like Christ accused the Pharisees who do not lift a finger, being all talk and no action.

Luk 11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

The Body of Christ is the hands and the fingers of the Lord. We are the ones used of the Lord to bring freedom and liberty to others by helping them see, hear and speak the truth.

Mar 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

The way Christ builds His Church is by using His angels (His messengers, His Body, The Christ) to wage war in heaven, and this, of course, is through the Word that we speak to those the Lord is preparing to hear it. Here is the opposite of wresting judgment and what true ministers of God are doing in this age and the ages to come.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Verse 14 aligns with the Words of Christ to the religious scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23 quite well. Not only do we cut off those seeking to enter in, we deliver up to death those who have escaped exactly as prophesied.

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Mat 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Christ “is, was and will be” delivered through our offenses.

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered through (‘dia’) our offences, and was raised again through (‘dia’) our justification.

So we are guilty of all these accusations. This is what sinful flesh and especially “religious” sinful flesh does. That man of sin sitting on God’s throne must be destroyed and will be by the coming of saviors to the mountain of Esau. We will see that play out fully in our last installment of this study and remove all doubt about the importance of judgment and the Body’s role as saviors.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them (the judgments) there is great reward.

Interesting that the word translated as crossway [H6563] is used only one other place where it is translated “robbery”’.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery [H6563]; the prey departeth not;

This is what Edom does within and without. It makes us violent, despisers of good, a “bloody city” full of false doctrines and robbing God of what is all His.

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

King Saul robbed God when he disobeyed the Lord and did not utterly destroy all the Amalekites, woman and animals (1 Samuel 15). We do the same and remain tied into this world and bound by its elementary principles believing God puts tithes and offerings above our obedience.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

It is the Words of Christ that bring judgment and are the vehicle by which we are saved. There is nothing more loving we can do as Christ than to speak the WORD in season and out of season and to rebuke ungodly behavior consistently with the standards defined for us in Scripture. In this way, vengeance is the Lord’s, and we indeed will be loving our brothers and neighbors. Giving place to wrath is bowing to the Word of God and the Lord’s commandments and is the opposite of wresting judgment when we are in bondage to the lies of Babylon.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Lord willing, we will complete the Book of Obadiah next week and review the last seven verses that speak to the Lord bringing deliverance to the pulls of the flesh, the mount of Esau/Edom within us by bringing saviors (The Christ).

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