Obadiah 1:11 On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.
First foremost, Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead of showing kindness, the men of Esau joined with Israel’s enemies. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word you, as when Caesar cried to Brutus, “and you, Brutus.” A bad action may be all the worse because of the person who has committed it.
Furthermore, when we sin, who are the chosen favorites of heaven? Hence, we sin with an emphasis! Actually, ours is a crying offense, because we are so peculiarly indulged.
Besides, if an angel should lay his hand upon us when we are doing evil, he need not use any other rebuke than the question, “What, You? What are you doing here?” Having been gloriously forgiven, delivered, instructed, enriched, blessed; do we dare give ourselves to evil? God forbid!
Nevertheless, a few minutes of confession may be beneficial to you, gentle reader, this morning!Actually, have you never been like the wicked? At an Evening Party, certain men laughed at uncleanness, and the joke was not altogether offensive to your ear! Even though, you were like one of them. For, when hard things were spoken concerning the ways of God, you were bashfully silent; and so, to onlookers, you were as one of them.
Exclusively, when worldlings were bartering in the market and driving hard bargains, were you not as one of them? When they were pursuing vanity without restraint, were you not as greedy for gain as they were? Could any difference be discerned between you and them? Is there any difference?
Principally, here we come to close quarters. Hence, be honest with your own soul, and ensure that you are a new creature in Christ Jesus; but when this is sure, walk carefully in case anyone should again be able to say, “You also are one of them.”
Notably, you would not desire to share their eternal doom. Why then be like them here? Do not enter into their secrecy! In case, you enter into their ruin. Side with the afflicted people of God, and not with the world.
Zechariah 14:8 On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.
The streams of living water that flow from Jerusalem, are not dried up by the parching heats of sultry midsummer any more than they are frozen-by the cold winds of blustering winter.
Rejoice, O my soul, that you are spared to testify of the faithfulness of the Lord. Hence, the seasons change, and you change, but your Lord abides evermore the same, and the streams of His love are as deep, as broad, and as full as ever.
Mainly, the heats of business cares and scorching trials make me need the cooling influences of the river of His grace; I may go at once and drink to the full from the inexhaustible fountain, for in summer and in winter it pours forth its flood. Eventually, the upper springs are never scanty, and blessed be the name of the Lord, the lower springs cannot fail either.
Moreover, Elijah found Cherith dried up, butJehovah was still the same God of providence. Hence, Job said that his brethren were like deceitful brooks, but he found his God an overflowing river of consolation. Actually, the Nile is the great confidence of Egypt, but its floods are variable; our Lord is evermore the same.Principally, by turning the course of the Euphrates, Cyrus took the city of Babylon; but no power, human or infernal, can divert the current of divine grace.
Exclusively, the tracks of ancient rivers have been found all dry and desolate, but the streams that take their rise on the mountains of divine sovereignty and infinite love shall ever be full to the brim. Hopefully, Generations melt away, butthe course of grace is unaltered. For, the river of God may sing with greater truth than the brook in the poem–
Men may come, and men may go, But I go on forever.
Above all else, How happy you are, my soul, to be led beside such still waters! Never wander to other streams, lest you hear the Lord’s rebuke, “What do you gain by going to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile?”