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God’s Vindication View video
Obadiah 1:15 - 1:21
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.
16. Just as you drank on my holy hill, so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been.
17. But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance.
18. Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau." The LORD has spoken.
19. People from the Negev will occupy the mountains of Esau, and people from the foothills will possess the land of the Philistines. They will occupy the fields of Ephraim and Samaria, and Benjamin will possess Gilead.
20. This company of Israelite exiles who are in Canaan will possess the land as far as Zarephath; the exiles from Jerusalem who are in Sepharad will possess the towns of the Negev.
21. Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the LORD's.
Reaping Judgment (1:15–16)
God promises judgment for the nations who take advantage of others. The same evil they have done will circle back and be done to them. Those who continue to act unjustly will reap the consequences until they face their own destruction. Obadiah’s prophetic declaration is a warning that the oppressors in this world will not be free to oppress forever. When we see or experience injustice and oppression, it can be tempting to give in to despair or cynicism. But we can instead rest in the assurance that God fights for us and vindicates us. He is our source of hope in the midst of adversity. The promise of His justice enables us to persevere in faith.

Trusting in God’s Deliverance (1:17–21)
Obadiah prophesies God’s deliverance and restoration of His people in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Despite Edom’s strength, God assures His people that they will receive their inheritance, and Edom will reap destruction. This promise underscores God’s sovereignty and faithfulness. It reminds us that He can work in ways contrary to our human expectations. Even in the most unlikely circumstances, believers can trust that God’s Word never fails and His promises are sure. He can intervene and deliver His people in unexpected ways, and He deeply cares about our well-being. When we are tempted to give in to discouragement, let us look beyond our immediate circumstances to the mercy and grace God continues to show us.
- What injustices in this world tempt you to despair or become cynical? Does the promise of God’s judgment make a difference in your perspective?

- How has God intervened in your most recent trial? What helps you shift your gaze from your difficulties to God’s care for you?
A Letter to God
Dear God, thank you for Your promises of deliverance and restoration. Help me trust in Your unfailing love and sovereignty, even in the midst of uncertainty. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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