ACCEPT GOD’S LORDSHIP
Obadiah 1-21 June10 2007
The Book of Obadiah is a message to Judah about
God’s judgment against Edom (Obad.1-14). God also
pronounced judgment against all nations and
promised future blessings on obedient Israel
This was likely near the fall of Jerusalem in
587-586 B.C. Obadiah means "the servant of the Lord."
Edom likely participated in the destruction of
Its people always had been cruel to God’s people.
God announced judgment on Edom for its pride and
participation in Judah’s downfall.
1. Trust the Lord’s Power (Obad. 1-4)
Obad. 1 The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign
LORD says about Edom — We have heard a message from
the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, Rise,
and let us go against her for battle”— 2 “See, I will make
you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised.
3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live
in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the
heights, you who say to yourself, Who can bring me down
to the ground?’ 4 Though you soar like the eagle and make
your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you
down,” declares the LORD.
Vision. Commonly used in the OT to designate a
revelation from God. Obadiah. Author. We. Either (1) the
editorial “we,” or (2) the prophet’s association of
Israel with himself, or (3) other prophets’
pronouncements against Edom. In any case, the rest of
the verse sets the stage for Obadiah’s prophetic
message, which begins with (Obad. 2). Message. Or
“report.” An envoy had been sent to the nations,
calling them to battle against Edom. Perhaps a
conspiracy was under way between some of Edom’s
allies (Obad.7). Although Edom feels secure (trusting in
her mountain fortresses and her wise men, Obad. 2-4,8-9),
Obadiah announces God’s judgment on her for her hostility
I will make you small. the colloquial expression, “cut one
down to size.”
Rocks. Sela was the capital of Edom. Perhaps the later
Petra (both Sela and Petra mean “rock” or “cliff”), this
rugged site is located some 50 miles south of the
southern end of the Dead Sea. ( 2Ki 14:7).
Eagle. A proud and regal bird, noted for strength,
keenness of vision and power of flight. Stars. Hyperbole
for high, inaccessible places in the mountains.
2. Practice the Lord’s Compassion (Obad.10-13)
Obad. 10 Because of the violence against your brother
Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be
destroyed forever. 11 On the day you stood aloof while
strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered
his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one
of them. 12 You should not look down on your brother in
the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of
Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble. 13 You should not march
through the gates of my people in the day of their
disaster, nor look down on them in their calamity in the
day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day
of their disaster.
Your brother Jacob. Edom’s violent crimes are all
the more reprehensible because they were
committed against the brother nation. Cover with
shame. A striking expression since shame is usually
associated with nakedness.
Date and Place of Writing. Strangers. . . Foreigners.
These terms put in relief the sin of Edom: He did not
act like a brother (Obad.12) but was like one of the
(Obad.1:12-14) A rebuke of Edom’s hostile actions.
The eight rebukes in this section proceed from the
general to the particular. (Eze 35:13 and Ps 137) for
examples of Edom’s reactions to Judah’s misfortunes.
3.Rely on the LOrd’s Justice (Obad.15)
Obad. 15 “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As
you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return
upon your own head.
The day of the Lord is near for all nations. If there was
an eschatological glimmering in “in that day” (Obad. 8),
it here becomes a strong ray. The day of the Lord brings
judgment for the nations (including, but not limited to,
Edom) and salvation for the house of Jacob. Upon your
own hear. The situation will be reversed in retribution
for Edom’s hostility against God’s people detailed in
(Obad. 11-14). Ezekiel’s denunciation of Edom (Ezekiel 35)
reflects a similar punishment-fits-the-crime principle
We need to beware of presumption and self-centered
pride, for they are hindrances to submitting to God’s
We must refrain from mistreating other in selfish
effort to gain advantage or to get ahead, for such action
ignore God’s lordship and result in shame.
We need to prepare for the day that is coming when all
individuals and nations will be judged accurately for the
way they responded to God’s lordship, particularly in how
they treated other people , that is all people.
In what areas of your life are you most tempted to be
presumptuous and to exhibit self-centered pride?
If someone asked your closest friends for three reasons
that you seek to submit to God’s lordship, what might