The sin of pride can be foremost for many people. Pride is what motivated the devil.
- 1 Timothy 3:6,
We can infer that the devil was motivated by pride.
- Mark 7:20-23
From within, the heart, is that which defiles a man. Pride is one of the things that defiles a man.
- 1 John 2:16
Pride is an avenue through with temptations comes.
Pride directs the false teachers.
- 1 Timothy 6:3-4
Pride prevents the erring from repenting.
Pride is what Motivated the Edomites
- Genesis 36:1, 8,9
The nation of Edom is the descendants of Esau.
The Fact of Their Pride
Obadiah, vs. 1-4
The Lord charges them with the sin of pride. There can be no doubt because this is the Lord making the statement. The vision given to Obadiah, shows that God was still concerned bout the nations which were not the chosen nation.
Those of Edom could not hear this message without knowing what God had revealed concerning them.Their own hearts had deceived them into thinking none could bring them down to the ground. They voiced their pride.
They exalt their pride, in exalting themselves… as the eagle. Some might call this self-esteem. But, this is raising oneself above others.
Their Fate because of their Pride
Thievery - Vs. 5,6
- Proverbs 16:18
- Proverbs 29:23
We are to lay up for ourselves treasure in heaven, not on earth..
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:" - Matthew 6:20
They were going to lose all they had. They were going to be cut off as a nation. It is sure that it will happen. Nothing would escape. All that Edom had was going to be taken away.
Treachery - Vs. 7
Edom had made alliances and had placed their confidence in man, with their allies. But, God says that those whom they placed their faith, would let them down.
imidity - Vs. 8
Edom would be cut off by slaughter. They would lose their wise-men, and counselors. They would not have the answers. Thus, they would lose their confidence. They will be timid and troubled.
The Faults that were Produced by their Pride
Cruel Antagonism - vs. 10
We see their cruel antagonism. Their violence against their brother, Jacob. They showed hostility twoard their relatives, Israel. Because of their conduct they would be cut off.
The ties that bind these two families had been severed.
Careless Apathy - Vs. 11
They stood aloof during the plight of Judah and would not lift a finger to help. In fact, they took part in it. They became like the story of the Samaritan, and the priests who passed by on the otherside. They failed to help.
- Luke 10:31-32
We see this from Esau's descendants toward the family of Jacob, their own family. Esau's descendants stood and persecuted with other nations as they destroyed God’s people.
Careless Actions, vs. 12-14
God condemns them for looking on, and taking pride in the destruction of Judah. They entered into the gate during the day of their calamity, and took of their substance. Their actions condemned them. They rejoiced to see the Israelites were brought low.
- Psalm 137:7
They cheered on the Babylonians.
God had warned the Israelites to treat the Edomites as family.
- Deuteronomy 23:7
Yet, the Edomites, treated them as an enemy. They were heartless. They looted and plundered. They killed those trying to escape. They allied with their enemies. They had a deep seated hatred for their own kindred.
When one is moved and motivated by pride, they only think of what their actions do for them.
Their Future Because of Pride
Requital - Vs 15
When one is filled with pride, God’s word will come true. There will be a requital. God is going to take vengeance on them. As it was done, so shall it be done to them.
Recompense - Vs. 16
The nations round about them would do what they had sown to them. The Bible always abounds with the principal that as we sow, shall we reap.
- Ezekiel 25:15
They had been warned already.
Judgement would be exercised that would be fatal to Edom. Nothing they could do could save them from the destruction that was coming.
Learning to Not be Filled with Pride
As we read about the pride of Edom, we must examine our own hearts. What motivates us? Is it because we are so proud that we can’t consider that we might be wrong? We need to think about whether we are motivated by pride.
- 2 Corinthians 13:5
We are to examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith.
- 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3
Without love in our hearts, Pride pushes agape love out of our hearts. When we think of ourselves, and live for our best interests alone, we are not living with agape love. And we are living in pride.
When we live with pride in our hearts without godly love, our motives are impure. We need to have good motives, and pure lives.
A prideful attitude and the lack of love will lead to destruction. If we humble ourselves in the sight of God he will lift us up.
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" - 1 Peter 5:6
If you have not humbled yourself in the sight of God, if you have not become his child, in obedience to His word, in submission to his word, believing that He is and that Jesus died for your sins, repenting of those sins, confessing the name of Jesus and being baptized for the remission of sins, today is the day that you can change, and turn from living in pride and humble yourself before God.