Obadiah: What is God’s Message for Edom?

We saw in the previous post that Obadiah is inspired and is profitable for study today.  In this post we will look at the first two verses which tell us what it is that God has to say through Obadiah to Edom.

The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom: We have heard a report from the LORD, and a messenger has been sent among the nations: “Rise up! Let us rise against her for battle!” Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised. (Obadiah 1:1-2)

The message couldn’t be more clear.  God has sent a message among the nations to turn on Edom, to fight against Edom, and to ultimately destroy Edom.  This is surely not good news if you are an Edomite.  But it is if you are Israel.  Without getting into too many details that we will address later, since the days of Esau’s (Edom) and Jacob’s (Israel) conception there has been a rivalry between the two.  At times they seem to be friendly towards one another, or at the least, respectful, but the vast majority of times Edom is a huge stumbling-block to Israel.  They try to prevent Israel at every turn.  This is sibling rivalry at its worst.  But God has a message for both Edom and Israel, Edom will be utterly despised not only among Israelites, but among all the nations, and all the nations will rise up against her.

This is God’s message to Edom, “Judgment is coming.”  But with the same words he says to Israel, His chosen people, “You will be vindicated.”  So this is where this short book is heading,  God is loving Jacob and hating Esau.  And in the end, Esau, the older brother, will serve Jacob, the younger brother.

These are God’s words, and words to be heeded even in our day.  God loves the people He has chosen from before the foundation of the world.  He loves Christians, and even though we are mistreated at every turn, God will turn our enemies wickedness back on themselves.  He will show us His unchanging favor, and our enemies will endure His unending wrath.

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