No Gloating

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Obadiah 1:12a

You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune.


The Prophet Obadiah was speaking directly to the people of Edom. These people were descendants of Esau and they were located in the south part of Jordan. They were gloating over the demise of Judah, and God said through His prophet, “No Gloating!”


The entirety of this chapter is about the coming destruction of Edom. By the first century AD it would have been difficult to even find if any Edomites remained, though some historians believe today’s Palestinians might be descendants. Gloating was one of the sins of the Edomites that led to their downfall. Gloating over another person is a form of condescension, stemming from a point of pride that one is better than another whom they deem to be inferior. When that happens, you can count the days until a crash happens to the Gloater. With everything in us, may we all pray and weep for our friend or neighbors who struggle in any way this AM. Jesus said, “Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).


Dear Jesus,

Lord, may I keep this reminder of “No Gloating” before me at all times. I have dear friends who hurt right now. With Your help, I will stand with them. Amen

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