More Than A Thief
“If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grape gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!” Obadiah 1:5,6
The LORD takes great pride in achieving total victory over His enemies. He tells the descendants of Esau a thief will leave something behind, but when Yahweh takes away the wealth of His enemies, absolutely nothing is left.
In Esther, not only did God make sure Haaman and his ten sons were hung, and his office given to Mordechai, but Haaman’s destruction is celebrated every year by those he schemed to kill.
Yahweh’s love for His children is passionate, His faithfulness to His people eternal. God goes out of His way to show us the ferocity of His love so we might hope for deliverance from those who afflict us. Our enemies are large and powerful. Living for eons before earth began, the spiritual powers and wickedness we wrestle against can be daunting. To make matters worse, we are often in their power by our own failures. Yet Yahweh declares, “Even the lawful prey will be delivered.”
Knowing the ferocity of God against our enemies allows us to grab ahold of hope and cast off discouragement as we slog, year after year, against the afflictions of the enemy, awaiting God to deliver us from those who are stronger than us.
“Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”
Yahweh not only consumes His enemies, but He does so through His people.
“And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.” Obadiah 1:18
As Yahweh leaves nothing behind for the enemy, neither are we to accept anything less than the complete destruction of wickedness in our lives, and the abolition of injustice and iniquity in our communities. David said he pursues his enemies and grinds them to powder. Though the wicked are like a giant tree, spreading forth its roots, the day is coming when they will not be found (Psalm 37:35,36) . Moses would not leave even a single hoof behind in Egypt for Pharaoh. Jesus declared He is the Rock who grinds those who resist Him to powder.
Micah describes the reaction of a world that is addicted to evil and enmeshed in sin. When they behold the righteousness of God, “They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.” Micah 7:17
The enemy should fear us. We are called to move forward, overwhelming the darkness of this world with the light who lives within us. We are to leave nothing behind, scouring the kingdom of darkness, setting free captives, exposing lies, scooping up even the ashes that remain in the lives of the oppressed, that Messiah would exchange beauty for ashes. We are indeed a fire and a flame. We are created to be sharp threshing machines with teeth (Isaiah 41:15).
As rats fleeing before a bush hog, the enemies of our soul should be sent scurrying from their holes in fear. If the enemies of God were visited by thieves and robbers, something would be left behind. After we are through with our enemies, we should have taken far more than a thief.