Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau, and those of the Shephelah shall possess the land of the Philistines; they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria, and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. The exiles of this host of the people of Israel shall possess the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath, and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the Negeb. Saviors shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.
Obadiah 19–21
There is a parable that Jesus tells his disciples and the religious establishment. In this parable, Jesus describes how the Word of God is cast like seed on the many different ground. Only that which is sown in the good soil produces anything. When the disciples ask for more clarity, Jesus says, “To the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (Matthew 13). Obadiah ends his book of prophecy by describing that the ones who had no faith, even what they have will be taken from them. He prophecies that the people of faith, the children of God, will receive. That God will take from those who thought they had and give it to those who had nothing. The Lord comes to fill the empty and to exalt the humble. He takes those who are dead in their sins and he gives forgiveness, life, and salvation in its place. All this he does by the power of his cross and his resurrection. Death is defeated, the devil’s empire is destroyed, and the grave has lost its sting. Nothing will prevail against God’s kingdom and his holy people, for his Word endures forever.
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