Obadiah: The Little Book with a Mighty Punch From God to the World

Family feuds are tough. Unfortunately, it all centers on pride. For many years, my mom’s sister refused to communicate with me or my parents. All over a disagreement my aunt had with my dad. I had nothing to do with it, yet, I was also shunned. Both very prideful, neither would apologize, neither would back down. Even after I moved to Miami, just a few miles away from her, it wasn’t until my dad passed away that she finally reached out to me.

Map of Israel and the surrounding nations at the time of the 2 kingdoms.
The Kingdom of Edom south of Judah c. 930 BC

The Old Testament is full of family feuds, but the one highlighted by the prophet Obadiah, stems way back to the twin boys, Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25. For years, Israel (Jacob) was more powerful that Edom (Esau). Interestingly enough, the Edomites were atheists. Where the Israelites were supposed to worship God, and the other area nations had their respective false gods, Edom worshiped no one but themselves. They behaved badly against their own kin and God here is fed up with them. Let’s dig in…


This is the vision that the Sovereign Lord revealed to Obadiah concerning the land of Edom.

Edom’s Judgment Announced

We have heard a message from the Lord
    that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say,
“Get ready, everyone!
    Let’s assemble our armies and attack Edom!”

The Lord says to Edom,
“I will cut you down to size among the nations;
    you will be greatly despised.
You have been deceived by your own pride
    because you live in a rock fortress
    and make your home high in the mountains.
‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’
    you ask boastfully.
But even if you soar as high as eagles
    and build your nest among the stars,
I will bring you crashing down,”
    says the Lord.

“If thieves came at night and robbed you
    (what a disaster awaits you!),
    they would not take everything.
Those who harvest grapes
    always leave a few for the poor.
    But your enemies will wipe you out completely!
Every nook and cranny of Edom
    will be searched and looted.
    Every treasure will be found and taken.

“All your allies will turn against you.
    They will help to chase you from your land.
They will promise you peace
    while plotting to deceive and destroy you.
Your trusted friends will set traps for you,
    and you won’t even know about it.
At that time not a single wise person
    will be left in the whole land of Edom,”
    says the Lord.
“For on the mountains of Edom
    I will destroy everyone who has understanding.
The mightiest warriors of Teman
    will be terrified,
and everyone on the mountains of Edom
    will be cut down in the slaughter.

Reasons for Edom’s Punishment

10 “Because of the violence you did
    to your close relatives in Israel,
you will be filled with shame
    and destroyed forever.
11 When they were invaded,
    you stood aloof, refusing to help them.
Foreign invaders carried off their wealth
    and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem,
    but you acted like one of Israel’s enemies.

12 “You should not have gloated
    when they exiled your relatives to distant lands.
You should not have rejoiced
    when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune.
You should not have spoken arrogantly
    in that terrible time of trouble.
13 You should not have plundered the land of Israel
    when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have gloated over their destruction
    when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have seized their wealth
    when they were suffering such calamity.
14 You should not have stood at the crossroads,
    killing those who tried to escape.
You should not have captured the survivors
    and handed them over in their terrible time of trouble.

Edom Destroyed, Israel Restored

15 “The day is near when I, the Lord,
    will judge all godless nations!
As you have done to Israel,
    so it will be done to you.
All your evil deeds
    will fall back on your own heads.
16 Just as you swallowed up my people
    on my holy mountain,
so you and the surrounding nations
    will swallow the punishment I pour out on you.
Yes, all you nations will drink and stagger
    and disappear from history.

17 “But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape;
    it will be a holy place.
And the people of Israel will come back
    to reclaim their inheritance.
18 The people of Israel will be a raging fire,
    and Edom a field of dry stubble.
The descendants of Joseph will be a flame
    roaring across the field, devouring everything.
There will be no survivors in Edom.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!

19 “Then my people living in the Negev
    will occupy the mountains of Edom.
Those living in the foothills of Judah
    will possess the Philistine plains
    and take over the fields of Ephraim and Samaria.
And the people of Benjamin
    will occupy the land of Gilead.
20 The exiles of Israel will return to their land
    and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as Zarephath.
The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north
    will return home and resettle the towns of the Negev.
21 Those who have been rescued will go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem
    to rule over the mountains of Edom.
And the Lord himself will be king!”

Obadiah NLT (bold emphasis mine)

God Wins in the End

Petra is infamous, yet deserted.
  • Obadiah’s the shortest book in the Old Testament, yet it packs a powerful punch.
  • The Edomites, instead of helping Judah fight the Babylonians, aided in the destruction of Jerusalem.
  • When the Babylonians had taken the Jews captive leaving the less desirable people, the Edomites came in and plundered what was left. They even caught some fleeing Jews and turned them into the Babylonians.
  • Verse 15 states that when the Day of the Lord comes — that’s World Judgment Day — all the “godless” nations who have hated Israel will be judged. Everything that’s been done to Israel will fall back on them.
  • What was Edom is today part in Jordan and part in Israel. The ancient city of Petra is in Jordan.
  • Pride, again was the downfall of a nation. God hates pride. Here are some scripture verses that highlight what happens to the prideful…

Paul wrote…

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.

1 Corinthians 10:12 NLT

John wrote…

16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

1 John 2:16 NLT

From Proverbs:

The Lord detests the proud;
    they will surely be punished.

Proverbs 16:5 NLT

18 Pride goes before destruction,
    and haughtiness before a fall.

19 Better to live humbly with the poor
    than to share plunder with the proud.

Proverbs 16:18-19 NLT

Is pride holding you back?

Check out this map of what will be “Greater Israel”. These are the original borders that God literally mapped out as the “Promised Land” — from the Nile to the Euphrates.

Screenshot from Pastor Sandy Adams presentation

When you read, “I, the Lord have spoken,” pay attention! He means business! The Jews are returning to their land and as you can see from the map above, they’ll get some nice chunks of the nations that hate them. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, all of Jordan, all of Lebanon and even a chunk of Turkey!

Related: How did Antisemitism Start?

And the last verse, “The Lord Himself will be King!” That’s the question I have for you…

Are you a citizen of God’s Kingdom?

If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…

Invite Jesus into Your Heart and Receive the Gift of Grace and Confident Hope of Eternal Life…

Amir Tsarfati: All Eyes on Israel

Soli Deo Gloria! To God Alone Be the Glory!


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