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!