THE ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES OF A PROFANE LIFBy Henry Jaegers
Shall I not, in that day, saith the Lord, even destroy the wise men out of Edom and understanding out of the Mount of Esau? And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the Mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever. (Obadiah 1:8-10)
There are two words in this passage that should cause concern for anyone to whom they are spoken. The first word that I am referring to is "that day". It is found many times throughout the first 28 chapters of Isaiah in reference to a time determined by God when His time of patients shall end and He, in turn, perform that about which he has warned the people. In the book of Joel, it is called "the day of the Lord" and it basically has the same meaning. It refers to a time of judgment where there will be no more opportunity for repentance and change and as we think about it, in light of Esau's rebellion, the end will not be pleasant.
That brings us to the second word "forever". It refers to the end of time where eternity continues in the final judgment of men is set. For Esau, it is set in concrete. And we might wonder what Esau has done to deserve such an outcome?
In our next section, we will deal more specifically with the specific actions of Esau that call forth this judgment upon him. But for now, I would like to talk about the cause of this action that caused Esau to treat his brother so wickedly.