E. L. Lovering, Ilfracombe
Name Means: Servant of Jehovah.
Contemporary with Jeremiah, but nothing known about him. The Prophecy is against Edom, the Posterity of Esau, the Persistent enemies of Israel.
Theme: The Kingdom shall be the Lord's (v. 21).
Retribution and Righteousness.
Outline: The Doom of Edom, vv. 1-7.
1. State of Edom described, vv. 1-9.
vv. 3, 4, 5. Deceived—false security.
"The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee."
Edom's challenge —"Who shall bring me down to the ground?" God's replay - "Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down."
v. 6. Discovered - "How are the hidden thoughts of Esau searched out! How are his hidden treasures sought up!"
v. 7. Deserted - "the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee."
vv. 8, 9. Dismayed - "Thy mighty men shall be dismayed."
2. Sins of Edom denounced, vv. 10-14.
v. 10. Cruelty towards his brother Jacob
v. 11. Confederacy with enemies of Judah - "thou wast as one of them."
v. 12. Callousness in the day of Judah’s distress - "neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction."
v. 13. Covetousness - "nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity."
v. 14. Cut off "those of his that did escape."
3. The Deliverance of Israel, vv. 15-21.
v. 15. Recompense of Edom - "as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee."
v. 17. Reward of Jacob - "But upon Mt. Zion shall be deliverance, and the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions."
The Judgement of God is Retributive, vv. 15, 16.
Righteous, v. 17.
Restorative, v. 21.
v. 21. "Saviours shall come upon Mt. Zion to judge the Mt. of Esau"; then "the Kingdom shall be the Lord’s"
Divine sovereignty would bring deliverance even to Edom. See also Numbers 24. 17-19.
Phil. 3. 21. "He is able even to subject all things unto Himself.