Category: Book of Obadiah


Obadiah verse 1 identifies the author of the Book of Obadiah as the Prophet Obadiah.
Date of Writing: The Book of Obadiah was likely written between 848 and 840 B.C.
Purpose of Writing: Obadiah, the shortest book in the Old Testament, is only 21 verses long. Obadiah is a prophet of God who uses this opportunity to condemn Edom for sins against both God and Israel. The Edomites are descendants of Esau and the Israelites are descendants of his twin brother, Jacob. A quarrel between the brothers has affected their descendants for over 1,000 years. This division caused the Edomites to forbid Israel to cross their land during the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt. Edom’s sins of pride now require a strong word of judgment from the Lord.
Key Verses: Obadiah verse 4, “Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.”
Obadiah verse 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.”
Obadiah verse 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.”
Brief Summary: Obadiah’s message is final and it is sure: the kingdom of Edom will be destroyed completely. Edom has been arrogant, gloating over Israel’s misfortunes, and when enemy armies attack Israel and the Israelites ask for help, the Edomites refuse and choose to fight against them, not for them. These sins of pride can be overlooked no longer. The book ends with the promise of the fulfillment and deliverance of Zion in the Last Days when the land will be restored to God’s people as He rules over them.
Foreshadowings: Verse 21 of the Book of Obadiah contains a foreshadowing of Christ and His Church. “Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the LORD’s” (NKJV). These “saviors” (also called “deliverers” in several versions) are the apostles of Christ, ministers of the word, and especially the preachers of the Gospel in these latter days. They are called “saviors,” not because they obtain our salvation, but because they preach salvation through the Gospel of Christ and show us the way to obtain that salvation. They, and the Word preached by them, are the means by which the good news of salvation is delivered to all men. While Christ is the only Savior who alone came to purchase salvation, and is the author of it, saviors and deliverers of the Gospel will be more and more in evidence as the end of the age draws near.
Practical Application: God will overcome in our behalf if we will stay true to Him. Unlike Edom, we must be willing to help others in times of need. Pride is sin. We have nothing to be proud of except Jesus Christ and what He has done for us.
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Author: Obadiah verse 1 identifies the author of the Book of  Obadiah as the Prophet Obadiah.

Date of Writing: The  Book of Obadiah was likely written between 848 and 840  B.C.

Purpose of Writing: Obadiah, the shortest book in  the Old Testament, is only 21 verses long. Obadiah is a prophet of God who  uses this opportunity to condemn Edom for sins against both God and  Israel. The Edomites are descendants of Esau and the Israelites are  descendants of his twin brother, Jacob. A quarrel between the brothers has  affected their descendants for over 1,000 years. This division caused the  Edomites to forbid Israel to cross their land during the Israelites’ Exodus from  Egypt. Edom’s sins of pride now require a strong word of judgment from the  Lord.

Key Verses: Obadiah verse 4, “Though you soar  like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you  down,” declares the LORD.”

Obadiah verse 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.”

Obadiah verse 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.”

Brief Summary: Obadiah’s message is  final and it is sure: the kingdom of Edom will be destroyed completely. Edom has  been arrogant, gloating over Israel’s misfortunes, and when enemy armies attack  Israel and the Israelites ask for help, the Edomites refuse and choose to fight  against them, not for them. These sins of pride can be overlooked no longer. The  book ends with the promise of the fulfillment and deliverance of Zion in the  Last Days when the land will be restored to God’s people as He rules over  them.

Foreshadowings: Verse 21 of the Book of Obadiah  contains a foreshadowing of Christ and His Church. “Then saviors shall come to  Mount Zion to judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the LORD’s”  (NKJV). These “saviors” (also called “deliverers” in several versions) are the  apostles of Christ, ministers of the word, and especially the preachers of the  Gospel in these latter days. They are called “saviors,” not because they obtain  our salvation, but because they preach salvation through the Gospel of Christ  and show us the way to obtain that salvation. They, and the Word preached by  them, are the means by which the good news of salvation is delivered to all men.  While Christ is the only Savior who alone came to purchase salvation, and is the  author of it, saviors and deliverers of the Gospel will be more and more in  evidence as the end of the age draws near.

Practical Application:  God will overcome in our behalf if we will stay true to  Him. Unlike Edom, we must be willing to help others in times of  need. Pride is sin. We have nothing to be proud of except Jesus Christ  and what He has done for us.