One of the benefits of studying a book in the Bible as a whole piece is the ability to see its themes and aim. #BookofHebrews #Hebrews12 #Esau
Whatever we are going through can feel like it will last for the rest of our lives, without escape. Sometimes, some aspect of that really is true. But so much more often, now is only now, the middle of the story, and what the Lord has in store is unknown.
Irreducible Complexity: Election is simply this, that Sovereign God loves whom God loves. The Lord foreknows and calls those to respond to the good news of God’s grace and at the same time God works through a person's choosing to believe.
The writer of Hebrews turned to the faith of the ancients in a passage often called the “Hall of Faith,” or “Faith’s Hall of Heroes.” These were of the believing remnant spoken of throughout the Hebrew scriptures, who persevered in faith against great odds, and chose to believe in God’s promises, though they would not be fulfilled in their own lifetime.
The Psalmist speaks from the Judean perspective, first in concert with fellow Judeans, then alone, as the Psalmist, then finally as a prayer from Judeans to God, going through each of the five stages of grief over the loss of Jerusalem, and the betrayal of Edom.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom, seems to be a technical phrase—what this vision contains cannot be altered, for it was delivered by God Almighty, and is not up for revision or debate.
The final meeting between Edom and Israel happened when the many greats grandson of Esau, King Herod had before him the many greats grandson of Jacob, Jesus Christ.
Some theologians tentatively place Obadiah during the reign of Jehoram, in 848-841 BC, Jewish scholars place Obadiah, Habakkuk and Zephaniah as contemporaries of Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Ultimately, though Rebekah paid dearly for the way she fought for fulfillment of God’s promises, she held steady as a woman of faith. Far more than Isaac, it was Rebekah who believed God and desired God’s will as well as God’s promises and covenant.