Introduction Of The Book Of Obadiah – Fierce Love For Jacob’s People

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Obadiah

God’s judgment on Edom for its cruelty

The message of Obadiah, a servant of God

The Book of Obadiah is the shortest in the Old Testament, and not much is known about its author. Obadiah, which means “one who serves the Lord,” may be either a title or a proper name.

Traditionally the author is identified as the servant to King Ahab in the ninth century B.C. (1 Kings 18:3), but the content and style of the book suggest this Obadiah is another prophet who lived after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.

The date of the work cannot help solve the mystery as there are not enough details within the prophecy to date it precisely.

Regardless of his identity, the prophet who speaks this message has a fierce love for the people of Jacob—especially Judah and Jerusalem—and is the human vehicle for God’s voice to the nations.


A Score Settled By GOD

Obadiah’s message concerns the Edomites, the descendants of Isaac through his son Esau, and accuses them of disloyalty to God and treachery against the Israelites, Isaac’s other descendants through his son Jacob.

It explains how the Babylonian crisis has reopened the deep wound of an ancient family feud.


Enmity Between Brothers

Instead of rushing to Judah’s aid when Jerusalem was attacked and destroyed, Esau’s descendants took advantage of the moment and profited by Judah’s suffering.

Although the descendants of Jacob and Esau formed separate nations hundreds of years before this prophecy is delivered, God remembers the tradition of enmity between these “brothers” and chooses to punish the broken loyalty.


Settling Scores, Righting Wrongs And Bringing Justice

Ultimately, Obadiah says, God will humble the proud people of Edom, restore the fortunes of Israel, and cause Israel to once again possess the land of promise.

The day of the Eternal is near and coming close. On that day, God will settle every score, right every wrong, and bring justice to an unjust world.

Edom itself is destined to be ruled by Jacob’s sons and daughters as the kingdoms of this world give way to the kingdom of the Eternal God.


Obadiah 1:1

Imagine the scene: The Edomites have come with other nations to rob and betray Israel; it looks as though God has allowed Israel’s cousins, the descendants of Isaac through Esau, to steal from His temple and holy city.

The Israelites are convinced they have kept Abraham’s covenant with God while the Edomites have forsaken the Lord and His people Israel.

Their prayer is for God to provide refuge for those who seek and trust in Him, and to judge their enemies.

12 thoughts on “Introduction Of The Book Of Obadiah – Fierce Love For Jacob’s People

  1. It is a great topic I have been thinking about doing a website on God’s teachings too. I am glad that you did. Your topic is important and much needed in these times. Well I guess all times. 

    I served as a minister for 10 years and feel that your topic is much needed.

    It does seem that you have made it a little to commercial. There are so many ads. I believe that the topic would reach more people with less advertising. With so much advertising the topic  looks secondary and it should stand out first.

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  2. Hello,

    Thanks for your effort on this post,  though it is not a very detailed one on the book of obadiah but still there’s always something to learn, and I’m glad that I came across this post because I have learned what the name or title obadiah means, wonderful site you have here but it can always get better. 

    Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Hello there, 

    Nice article. Obadiah is a servant of God whose name means worshipper of Yahweh.

    He was among one of the only three prophets who pronounced judgment primarily on other nations. One overwhelming theme of Obadiah is the destruction of the enemies of God’s people. 

    His love for them was great. 

    1. Hello,

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  4. Hello there, 

    Thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say I really did enjoy going through your article. I really liked how you backed it all up with bible verses, thanks for summarizing this message here for us. 

    Thanks for sharing on this platform.

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  5. The book of obadiah does teach a lot of lessons, 

    The book made it clear to us that when we wrong someone or someone wrongs us, regardless of the fact of who is at fault, it is important to right the wrong because before GOD there is no justice for being right or wrong rather there is Justice in doing  the right thing. 

    I must say that the book of the gospel teaches us a lot of lessons that are applied to our daily lives, we must improve our lives physically and spiritually.

    1. It is my pleasure to bring content of this caliber to the attention of those who are interested. Thank you for reading and commenting on this study session.

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  6. Hey, 

    Nice article you have here, it is so interesting. I have enjoyed reading every single line from your article, even as a Christian, I haven’t been open to reading the book of Obadiah like I did today. 

    Nevertheless, what got my attention the most, is when Obadiah said that God will humble the proud people, this really got me pondering on. 

    Keep up the good work, please create more of it. 

    Warm Regards

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