You Stood Aloof
Obadiah 1:11 “On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.
(1:12) You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.”
Jacob and Esau were brothers. Jacob’s extended family formed the tribe of Israel, also known as the people of Judah. Esau’s extended family formed the tribe of Edom. The two tribes were hostile to each other even though they were brothers. When Israel was attacked by enemies and plundered and her people murdered, Edomites, didn’t come to their rescue. God send prophet Obadiah to tell Edomites that He will punish them for not caring to help their brother who was in trouble. The cause of divine punishment is that you stood aloof.
To stand aloof is to be at a distant and watch a negative situation unfold without caring to help. To stand aloof is to treat other people’s misfortune as none of your business, yet you could help. God accuses Edomites for standing aloof during the misfortune of the people of Judah. You stood aloof.
By standing aloof, your wish was to enjoy watching the suffering of your brother, while at the same time letting it be clearly known to all that you did not contribute to the trouble. But God says, by standing aloof, you supported those who attacked your brother. By standing aloof you indirectly supported those who attacked your brother. By standing aloof, according to God, you were like one of them.
God is categorically clear that when your enemy brother/sister suffers, you should suffer too and support him/her out of trouble. God commands that do not look down on your brother nor boast so much when they get in trouble. Even when the trouble serves them right…do not enjoy their suffering or their having learnt a hard lesson. Don’t stand aloof.
A few of us are guilty of actively supporting those who hurt our enemy brothers and sisters. But many of us stand accused of God today, for standing aloof and enjoying when our nemesis suffers. God sees those of us standing aloof, as being in equal guilt with the active perpetrators of evil. To stand aloof is to support the on going evil. You stood aloof!
May God forgive us for standing aloof in many situations. May God grant us power to overcome the temptation to stand aloof, when someone we cautioned is caught in their self created problems. May God in Mercy avert the consequences of our standing aloof. In Jesus name. Amen! (C)email@example.com (do not delete any part of this post, including this. You are free to share these posts but don’t edit the authorship or content… thank you and be blessed!)