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2016.Jun.
29 Wed
 
The Vision of Obadiah
[ Obadiah 1:1 - 1:14 ]
 
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.
5. "If thieves came to you, if robbers in the night-- Oh, what a disaster awaits you-- would they not steal only as much as they wanted? If grape pickers came to you, would they not leave a few grapes?
6. But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged!
7. All your allies will force you to the border; your friends will deceive and overpower you; those who eat your bread will set a trap for you, but you will not detect it.
8. "In that day," declares the LORD, "will I not destroy the wise men of Edom, men of understanding in the mountains of Esau?
9. Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau's mountains will be cut down in the slaughter.
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.
14. You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble.
 

Reflection
Warning against Edom (1:1–9)
Having the distinction of being the shortest book in the Old Testament, the book of Obadiah was specifically written as a message of judgment against the Edomites for harming Gods people. Obadiah, whose name means servant (or worshiper) of God, was given the responsibility of relaying this warning to the people of Edom, who were descendants of Esau (Gen. 25:19–27:45) and thus blood relatives of Israel. The hostility between Esau and Jacob was passed down through the generations. Like Esau, the Edomites were known for being fierce warriors. The inaccessibility of their land, a mountainous region south of the Dead Sea, gave them a false sense of security, allowing pride to settle in their hearts (v. 3). As the older brother, Edom should have come to help Israel, but instead they rejoiced as they watched Israel being destroyed by other nations.

Reasons for the Warning (1:10–14)
This impending judgment on Edom is a result of their pride; they cared only about their own wellbeing and success while ignoring the plight of Israel. The Edomites could have used their power to help protect their brothers, but due to centuries of generational conflict, they took the side of Jacobs enemies. Are you in a position to help others? The famous line from the Spider-Man comic book series comes to mind: With great power comes great responsibility. Many people are so focused on getting ahead that they turn a blind eye to the needs around them, but God will call us all to account one day. He will come to judge the world, and all evil will surely be punished.

Application
- What do you depend on for strength? Does your money or success give you a false sense of security? God has blessed you so that you can bless others, not be indifferent to their suffering.

- Have you ever been persecuted for your faith? God has a special place in His heart for people who suffer for His name, and He will protect you from the arrows of the enemy. Take heart and trust in Him.

A Letter to
God
Lord, thank you that I no longer have to fear condemnation, for Christ took my sin upon Himself and set me free. I lay down all of my strengths and look to You alone for my comfort and security. In Jesus name. Amen.
 
 
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