Wednesday, April 10, 2024


Today’s Reading: Obadiah

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In Petra, Jordan, this massive façade, 30m wide and 43m high, is carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfs everything around it. The engineering genius of the ancient people who lived here is awe inspiring. Petra was the capital city of the Edomites. In today’s reading the prophet Obadiah denounces Edom for her pride. Secure in their impregnable fortress city, the Edomites felt that they were beyond the danger of invasion or conquest.

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Key Verses: Obadiah verse 17

But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,

And there shall be holiness;

The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.


The Edomites were descended from Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, sons of Isaac and Rebekah (read Genesis 25:19-23). Rebekah “went to inquire of the Lord.” This expectant mother was aware that the twins were struggling in her womb and she prayed about it. “The Lord said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb…the older shall serve the younger.'” Obadiah’s prophecy confirms what God said to Rebekah, that Edom (Esau) would serve Israel (Jacob). Mount Zion (Jerusalem) is the capital city of the descendants of Jacob.

Obadiah predicts that the proud people of Edom would be humiliated. In the day of Jerusalem’s calamity, Edom had gloated and even surrendered Israelite fugitives to the enemy. Edom was guilty of flagrant injustice. “The day of the Lord” is a time of reckoning for all nations.


Lord God, I pray that I will be found walking in “holiness,” ready for “the day of the Lord!” May the laws enacted by our nations reflect Your “Holiness”, Lord Jesus! I pray for our leaders. Grant them grace, I pray, to serve You and all people in righteousness. May our leaders be made aware that the nations are being judged in Your courtroom! Amen!!!


I marvel at the homes and public buildings carved from the solid rock in Petra. Today it is not a proud capital city; it’s a tourist destination, a most impressive relic of an ancient powerful nation. King Abdullah of Jordan was in New York City, and no doubt he was intent on promoting tourism, which is a mainstay in the economy of his country, when I had the privilege to meet him at the Mayflower Hotel. As we visited I mentioned that my son-in-law covered his country several times each week on TV in the Arabic language. The King said, “What is his name?” “Rev. Nizar Shaheen,” I answered. With a surprised look on his face, the king said, “Nizar is a great man of God. I watch him on TV regularly.” It occurred to me that the king might have been tempted to say this for tourism’s sake, so I asked him, “On what channel do you watch Nizar?” He knew all the details, so I concluded he really did watch the message of God’s Word as Nizar and his guests present Jesus as Saviour and Lord!

The Crossroads ministry launched the Light For All Nations Arabic language ministry over 30 years ago. We were able to do this because of the prayers and support of God’s people (click here for more about Light For All Nations).

Yours for shining the Light of Jesus around the world,


6 thoughts on “Wednesday, April 10, 2024

  1. How Wonderful it was for David to be able to see and hear that King Abdullah watched Nizar’s broadcasts! Please pray for baby Nathan, (my great grandson), who is in children’s hospital with a urinary blockage. I have never known of such a problem in a baby. Pray for doctors to have wisdom and skill in treating this little guy. Thanks so much. Blessings all.

  2. Doreen,
    I pray that God will remove the blockage from little Nathan’s body. He may choose to do it miraculously or He may use the doctors and medicine to do it. Whichever way He chooses, we thank Him for loving Nathan and healing his little body. We pray for you and the whole family during this trying time.

    I am thinking of Eleanor and Edward today as I believe it’s their 60th wedding anniversary. We haven’t heard from her in a while and I wonder how Edward is doing.
    May God minister to and bless them where they are at.

    • Luisa, agreeing with you in prayer for the healing
      of baby Nathan. Also for his family to have faith
      in God at this stressful time, in Jesus’ Name,Amen.

      Praying that God would be with Eleanor and Edward, and give them confidence and peace of
      mind that He is always with them, in Jesus’ Name,

  3. I join you in Prayer, Luisa, for Doreen’s precious Gr-Grandson and all the family, and Eleanor and Edward, and their family. May Today be a day of celebration.
    May we all continue to be strengthened in God’s Word and Presence in each of our lives.

  4. Amen. Thank you Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for Following daily for over 10 years has changed my life ❤️🙏❤️

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