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Obadiah 15. For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations. As you have done, it will be done to you. Your dealings will return on your own head.
Date: 585 to 600 BC
Theme: God judges those who persecute His chosen people.
The book of Obadiah deals with one brother’s descendants (Esau or Edom) hurting another brother’s descendants (Jacob or Israel). Do you have a sibling or a relative that has caused you some heartache? Have you been wounded? Have you confronted this relative or lashed out in anger against this relative? Or maybe you just ignored or hid from this particular person, trying to avoid further conflict or hurt. Look to the book of Obadiah to find God’s answer to those who seek the harm of His beloved.
Reading the little book of Obadiah will not take much time because it is the shortest book in the Old Testament at only twenty-
As you read this very short book, look for the sins Edom commits against Israel. Think about how you would have felt if you were in the same situation as the Israelites. Also look for the judgments against Edom.
Outline of Obadiah
Edom will face judgment (Obadiah 1–14)
The day of the Lord (Obadiah 15–21)
Judgment draws near for the nations, and there will be no survivor for
Esau’s descendants (Obadiah 15–18)
The Lord’s kingdom established; Israel will inherit Edom (Obadiah 19–21)
Reflecting on the Facts
What was the attitude of the Edomites (Obadiah 3–4)? Petra, a city in Edom or Jordan, is a city hidden like an eagle’s nest in the clefts of the rocks. What did the Edomites do to the Israelites (verses 10–14)? What do verses 15 and 18 say will happen to Edom?
Do you have a sibling or a relative that has caused you some heartache? Have you hurt your sibling or another relative? Have these hurts put a strain on the relationship? What can you do to make amends with your relative?