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Obadiah

Obadiah is a one chapter prophet.  He doesn’t deal with Israel of Judah like most of the old testament prophets do.  Obadiah tells about God’s judgment of Edom.  “Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom”. The Edomites are the people descended from Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of. Esau was nicknamed “Edom” (which means, “red”) probably because he had red hair. Obadiah receives a word from the Lord that He is bringing nations against Edom in battle.” As a result of the coming battle, God will make Edom small among the nations and greatly despised.

The Edomites were a prideful nation.  “The pride of your heart has deceived you”.  Pride has a way of causing some real issues.  For Edom, they thought they were secure because of their natural defenses, their wise men, and their alliances. They had no fear of those around them, but quickly found out that those they trusted were going to turn agains them and catch them unaware. “Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord”.

Edom’s allies leave them to fend for themselves.  “All your allies have driven you to your border; those at peace with you have deceived you; they have prevailed against you”.  Not only that, they turn against and were part of the destruction.  The sobering truth about our pride is that God can bring us down anytime. He can shatter our proud deception and knock us completely down.  It’s the outcome for Edom because of their haughty pride.  God will not tolerate sin, and pride is definitely sin that God deals with.

God is furious of what Edom has done to His people.  “The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau  stubble; they shall burn them and consume them, and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau”.  God will give simple justice to the Edomites, no more and no less. What they did to the people of Judah will also be done to them. The same principle is true for us, so if we want mercy from God, we should give mercy to others.  God uses Obadiah to deliver the message of Edom’s demise.  There is a price to pay for sin!

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Obadiah

Obadiah has a vision from God.  And it is pretty strong.  “The pride of your heart has deceived you”.  Pride is a big problem.  It will bring you down.  God is clear throughout scripture, and here He makes the point again.  Price will cause a fall.  “Who will bring me down to the ground”?  God does not look the other way around pride.  And no matter how high we might be flying, we can’t stay there if pride is part of our life.  “Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the Lord”.

Clear enough?  God will bring us down if pride is our way of living.  He won’t tolerate it.  Nor will He tolerate us doing evil.  Obadiah has a firm word here: “Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever”.  How long will the punishment be?  Forever is a very long time.  God is going to punish him.  Check out the list of things God warns the people not to do:

–       “do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune

–       do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin

–       do not boast in the day of distress

–       Do not enter the gate of my people in the day of their calamity

–       do not gloat over his disaster in the day of his calamity

–       do not loot his wealth in the day of his calamity

–       Do not stand at the crossroads to cut off his fugitives

–       do not hand over his survivors in the day of distress

Then comes God’s judgment.  “As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head”.  There is going to be punishment for the evil that has been done.  How we live matters.  The choices we make determine what happens.  God is not mocked.  What was sown, will be reaped.  And God goes on to describe how the lands will be lost and possessed by others.  The entire house will be wiped out.  It is a powerful response to evil.  Obadiah laid it all out.

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