To gloat and take glee over anothers downfall is sin. The Bible warns sternly, “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them. (Proverbs 24:17-18)
This is what happened. God got angry with his own people and judged them by sending them into captivity. The other nations took delight when they saw this and Edom especially took glee and wanted to take the land for themselves. Edom thought “Aha, they are being punished now we can seize what they lost.” What Edom failed to see was they were not robbing merely God’s people of their land but truly God. God never renounced his ownership of the promise land and though he removed his people from there, it was still property of The Lord himself. He got furious.
Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.’ “Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty. “Proclaim further: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’”
No one, no one gets away with sinning, God’s own people did not, then those who sinned against them and angered God did not go unscathed either but like a bad kid who makes fun of his or her sibling in time out, mother may be watching from the other room and soon the spoiled sibling gets his/her turn.
Once God finished his chastening of his own people, he brought judgement on many other nations.
Timeless truth is God rules over all mankind and nothing escapes his notice. God desires people to repent and turn to Him and believe the Gospel before He begins to judge. Those who are disobeying that are saved, he gived them chances to turn away from the sins that are tripping them so he wont have to discipline them. Other time God humbles a sinner in rebellion with hard means or allowing them to reap their own choices to show them their way bring them pain.
Many non Christians assume so wrongly that being a Christian means a Christian can sin and be forgiven and they just have a free pass. Yet the times in my life I foolishly sinned and put God’s love and grace to the teat have not gone well for me, and it wont for any truly redeemed child of God. Sure we are saved by grace through faith but if we test God’s mercy and love we get the “Harder then it has to be” option to bring us to our senses. That is not fun. So its better to just obey God and sin as little as possible, not ever seeing how much one can get away with, because that is foolishly begging God to bring stern discipline our way.
God wants to bless us and does not want our lives to suffer more pain then life naturally brings- to sin is to ask for unnecessary sorrow and suffering.