Obadiah 1:12 KJV
But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.
I’ve always been of the view that it is not proper to rejoice over the demise of your brother, no matter how much you may not like him.
The whole book of Obadiah focused on one particular nation, Edom.
Edom and Israel (Esau and Jacob) have had small battles over many different issues, as was typical of those days. Indeed they were enemies, though both nations were originally twins from a single womb.
But Edom did the unthinkable. They literally fueled the Babylonian invasion and annihilation of Israel. They even went on to plunder on those who even escaped captivity and gave them away. Edom rejoiced in Israel’s destruction.
No wonder the Prophet Obadiah made these strong declarations against them (see v18).
You may not like another but it is ungodly to go rejoicing over their misfortunes, let alone pulling them down and keeping them there.
I can now understand better why Jesus would ask us to pray for our enemies. True religion is no joke, it’s no lip service. It is taking care of hard stuff like these.
We pray for the strength to remain.
Have a blessed day.
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