Crime and Discipline

Old Testament Context:

 1 Kings 11:11-13: 11  Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Since this has been your
practice and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes that I have commanded
you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and will give it to your servant.  12  Yet for the
sake of David your father I will not do it in your days, but I will tear it out of the hand of
your son.  13  However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe to your
son, for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem that I have chosen.”

 Israel was overthrown beginning in 740 BC, and Judah was overthrown in 586 BC
 Edom, descendants of Israel’s/Jacob’s brother Esau, sided AGAINST Judah as it was
 Obadiah is a book announcing God’s judgment in judging Edom

Main Point: the Lord sovereignly metes out sin’s consequences:
a. To bring RETRIBUTION on his enemies
b. And to bring RESTORATION/RENEWAL to his people

How then shall we live?
 In Sober-Mindedness
 In Repentance
 In Hope

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