Even for Edom

God’s word for me today is in Malachi 1:4 which says:

Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”

But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord.”

Something has changed between then and now, because now God’s wrath has been taken away. It has been up-eased by a perfect sacrifice, and now every person can be saved. But what sacrifice could have completely satisfied the wrath of God against the sin of all the world? What sacrifice could have actually been perfect and holy enough to meet the wrath of God?

How about God’s own perfect son, Jesus? “But that’s preposterous!” You say, “God wouldn’t send His only son to die for us, would He?” In fact He would, and He did!

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV) John 3:16

The reason that God sent His son to die for us was not because He wanted any object from us, you can’t pay God back. It is the simple fact that God loves that can explain why He sent His son. 1 Peter tells us that “God is not slow, as some understand slowness, He only desires that none shall perish and that all shall come to eternal life.”

So you could say that there is hope even for Edom; there is freedom, even for Edom. And there is freedom only because of Jesus’ sacrifice for us! That is the only reason that any of us are living without God’s wrath on us, because Jesus took it all away from us and onto Him.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland


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