Obadiah 19-21 – Possessions and blessings

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.


Saviours shall go up to Mount Zion

to rule Mount Esau,

and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

There is lots of talk about possession here, isn’t there, and often we think of possessions as something not to chase after, store up treasures in heaven where no moths can ruin all your stuff, concentrate on the bigger picture, think higher up…However, so much talk of possessing this and possessing that gives us the impression that God wants us to possess our possessions, no? But what is He talking about?

David Guzik writes this,

“Possessing these other lands can only happen when we first possess what is ours. God has given us a rich heritage of every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), but how much do we actually possess?

God wants His people to possess their possessions.”

On the surface, Obadiah is not an overly encouraging piece of prophecy, not very positive, and certainly we don’t see it at the top of devotional readings or texts to preach. But, this last verse is so encouraging, and it may just be the central purpose in Obadiah’s writing.

God’s suffering people would have read this and understood, look, don’t worry about other people despite what they may do to you, because, ultimately, I will take care of it all for you.

Saviours shall go up to Mount Zion

to rule Mount Esau,

and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

Saviours here has the sense of ‘deliverers’, and the point is clear, God is sending help, not for Edom, but for His people, a possession for us to possess, a spiritual blessing through Jesus Christ.

He is our Saviour, He is our Deliverer, He brings forth possessions worth possessing.

So, how much of that do we actually possess?

Published by James Travis

Pastor of Saar Fellowship in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Married to Robyn and Dad to our two boys.

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