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Obadiah a Case Study of God's Faithfulness

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Obadiah



Obadiah a Wise Prophet


Obadiah is a wonderful book that is packed with spiritual wisdom. Obadiah means “servant” or worshipper of the Lord. Very little is known personally about the wise Prophet Obadiah. It is actually the shortest book in the Old Testament. Key verse: "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."




Edom constantly vexed and agitated Israel. Their harassment was brutal. The nation of Edom was of Esau and the nation of Israel was of Isaac. Obadiah’s prophecy is God’s judgment upon Edom. Jacob and Esau were twin brothers. (Jacob’s name was changed to Israel) The twin brothers had ongoing sibling rivalry and struggled early on from within the womb of their mother Rebekah. Rebekah their mother favored Jacob over Esau which caused a lot of problems. Esau was the firstborn twin. Jacob actually grasped Esau’s heel at birth. Jacob eventually stole his brother’s birthright. It’s amazing what happened all because “a bowl of stew!” (See the story in Genesis 22) Isaac instead receives the birthright of the firstborn son from his father Abraham. Their saga of rivalry continued for years, they later became two ongoing feuding nations. Edom eventually betrays Israel!



Hurt lives on long after the event

Obadiah teaches us an amazing lessons on pride. Hurt lives on long after the event. If not dealt with it can cause much bitterness. Lurking in the background like a virus. Obadiah’s prophecy brings to mind the consequences of the ongoing feuding between Edom and Israel. Jacob and Esau passed their grievances down onto their children and it became a part of their heritage. Resentment has to go somewhere. Often the truth of what really took place gets lost. Yet here you can see the feuding continues down through the generations. Thus the long term lingering effects and the generational consequences of their conflict continued. Israel was God's nation and the Jews are His sons and daughters.



Edom was a spectacular tough, harsh mountainous living nation. The Edomites although blood relatives were fierce, warriors and harbored much resentment and set continuously themselves against Israel. They were jealous and covetous! They help initiate and rejoiced over the downfall and misfortune of Israel. They were also proud and self confident. How unfortunate because as stated earlier they were from the loins of twin brothers.



The Bible has many wise stories on the harmfulness of sibling rivalry. Many never become able to rise above rivalry. This is what is happening here in Obadiah. Edom did not realize that Israel’s decline was for only a season. God never forsakes His people. Nothing goes unnoticed by God. Obadiah prophesies to Edom. He conveys God’s judgment on them in regards to their mistreatment of Israel. A great life lesson unfolds in Obadiah. One need not get bitter, but wiser and better when going through mistreatment due to rivalry.



In order to deal with the problem you need to solicit the help of the Lord. Whatever you do, don't let people pull you into their feuding. Be wise how you engage when you know there is what i s call "garbage on the line." Know when to speak and when to keep quiet. Or when to simply let go. It is important to keep your focus upon God! I assure you He is more than able to direct you. God always knows what is going on. No one is exempt when it comes to God’s justice. He will work it all out for your good when you seek His will. Things come and go, but God does not change. There is no lasting security without God. With Him you have ALL that you will ever need. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus in Him is where true victory lies!



We can learn a lot from Obadiah. God’s promises are ALL TRUE. GOD is forever FAITHFUL! God bestowed a wonderful lasting legacy upon Israel through Abraham. “Now the Lord said to Abram: “Get thee out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house; To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will Bless you and make your name great; And you shall be a Blessing. I will Bless those who Bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be Blessed.” GENESIS 12. God has given us as His children a wonderful “FAMILY” irrevocable immutable legacy that man cannot change. No one can curse what GOD has blessed. We are heirs of Salvation as well as heirs of the land. For “The Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof the world and them that dwell therein...”



Edom was judged because of their harsh treatment. You cannot curse what GOD has blessed. Edom tried to curse Israel. Ask Balaam, for no matter who you are, or how hard you try you cannot curse what GOD HAS BLESSED! This is what eventually led to Edom’s own destruction. One can glean a very important life altering lesson from here. We need not go down this same path and a reenact a prideful thirst for vengeance which is rebellion and disobedience against God! We must PRAISE GOD and TRUST HIM through any challenges that life hurls our way!



There is VICTORY through our LORD and SAVIOR CHRIST JESUS

Here is what Obadiah so prolifically prophecies to Edom. “Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom (We have heard a report from the LORD, And a messenger has been sent saying. “Arise and let us rise up against her in battle”) “Behold I will make you small among the nations, You shall be greatly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, You shall dwell in the cleft of the rocks, whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” Though you set your nest among the stars, From there will I bring you down,” says the LORD.



Edom, which was southeast of the Dead Sea, thought that since they had built Petra their capital city on a difficult mountain terrain they were safe from attacks. This gave them a false sense of security and sufficiency. They were the descendants of Esau and lived in defiance of God and helped to oppress His children. Instead of helping and warning Israel their family they delivered fugitives to the enemy and looted their possessions. They instead in fact betrayed them! God is all knowing; HE is totally OMNISCIENT. It is important that we today always keep in mind that He is totally aware of everything! Nothing is hidden to God. He does not suffer from a selective memory. He can and will restore all that is taken away unjustly in HIS time. He told Edom “For violence against your brother Jacob, Shame shall cover you, And you shall be cut off forever.”



There is always HOPE in the LORD

We must never underestimate God’s Divine Power! We need not worry when life hurdles insurmountable spiritual warfare in our direction. Especially when it comes from the very ones we have helped... Remember we live in a spiritual warzone. Attacks at times comes in every direction. Therefore, be alert and be wise! So yes know; "Hurt lives on long after its time." But, you do not have to carry hurt forever. GOD can heal all your hurts and wounds. REPENT! Release any bitterness to Him. Yes do keep in mind what has happened. But become wiser not bitter.


There is always HOPE in the LORD. For He will or can teach you how to properly "Guard your heart." Moving forward, allow God His place at the forefront of your life. You can become whole in the Lord. The key is remaining faithful to GOD and daily embracing His principles. When you are committed to GOD, He will see that we will prevail. In God's time He works all things together for our good. What do you do when your burdens are too heavy? You give them to GOD! “Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me. For MY YOKE is easy and My burdens are LIGHT!”



GOD'S WORD is full of countless examples of His constant presence in the lives of His children. One must only look up to the beautiful sky above to see His AWESOME WONDER! We must look to God daily and find solace in His Word! Despite what is going on all about us in the world, He really does have a remedy for life’s challenges. We must spend time daily learning of Him and yoking ourselves up with Him. Commit to consistently spending time with God is His Word.



We can always have JOY in the LORD even in the midst of sorrows. He is where our strength comes from when we make HIM our FOCUS! As His children His wonderful infinite LOVE is extended to us and we are always under His constant protection. When we trust Him and accept Jesus Christ into our hearts; we are given His Precious Holy Spirit His Comforter. In turn He bestows upon us His gift of Eternal Life! One must then become more discerning... We are then adopted forever into HIS FAMILY! God’s children HIS CHURCH is HIS HOLY NATION. The promises bestowed upon Abraham become ours! Yes indeed; “ PRAISE GOD from whom ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!”




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Comments

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on August 18, 2012:

Tamarajo, Thank You! How nice of you to stop by... Obadiah is a wonderful book full of encouraging words of wisdom. We are in the midst of a Spiritual Battle and it really helps to know inspite of how things look; GOD has everything under HIS control! As you wellstated: "We can fully trust that He will deal with any wrong...) Amen! & Praise God!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy Joy, Peace & Blessings!

I am so enjoying your series on the Hebrew Aleph-Bet, it is informative & WONDERFuL!

Tamarajo on August 13, 2012:

"Hurt lives on long after the event. If not dealt with it can cause much bitterness. Lurking in the background like a virus!!"

So many great quotes in your article. This one stands out as you pointedly show that even our hatreds and jealousies can be handed down if not dealt with.

I found your message of Obadiah encouraging as you have shown that in God's estimations of life and events. "Nothing goes unnoticed by God!" We can fully trust that He will deal with any wrong done and simply keep our eyes of faith on Him through it all.

Always a blessed read.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on February 04, 2012:

Lady E, You are so Welcome! Thank You! & Come around as often as you like, you are always welcomed! Be encouraged! Remember: "The JOY of The LORD is your strength!" GOD BLESS YOU!

Elena from London, UK on February 02, 2012:

I came round to read this again to refresh my mind. Very inspiring and encouraging. Thanks.

Rated up again. :)

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on July 27, 2010:

Stars, You are quite welcome! God makes all the difference in the world in our lives! His Word has so much wisdom and there is always more to learn! When we live life to please Him we are so much happier!

Thank you for sharing your wise and thoughtful insight! In HIS Love, Peace, Joy & Blessings!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on July 25, 2010:

Thank you for such a wonderful story. So many messages to think about before we choose to hurt others. Your photographs of the beautiful earth bring the joy of wonderful beauty only God could create. Although earth has it troubled times, the beauty God gives us is constant reminder of what God understands about paradise. Paradise and beautiful love are goals worthy to seek. God Bless You Dear Heart.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on June 07, 2010:

Ann gana, Obadiah is "the shortest book in OT" but quite powerful! Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Peace & Blessings!

ann gaña on June 06, 2010:

yes obadiah is maybe the shortest book in the OT but it has the big fact of encouragement and promises of God.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on January 29, 2010:

Habee, Thank you! There is so much to enjoy in the Word! I appreciate and want to Thank you for taking time to visit and share, Blessings!

Holle Abee from Georgia on January 29, 2010:

Another interesting Bible study session! Thanks for sharing in such a readable, enjoyable way!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 08, 2009:

LadyE, Wonderful! As it is often said; "what comes from the heart goes to the heart!" It is quite comforting knowing that God's presence is always with us! Wonderful question,

"How am I activating that presence?" We can welcome and invite His presence wherever we are! I so enjoy your visits, THANK YOU and and as always it is a pleasure! Love & Blessings!!!

Elena from London, UK on December 08, 2009:

I just love these encouraging Hubs. They are not just encouraging but they sort of hit at my heart. I enjoyed reading this particularly the 2nd to the last para - where you wrote God's presence is constantly around us. The question I asked myself was "how am I activating that presence?". Thanks. I have to book mark this one.

Best Wishes and more Anointing on you. :)

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 07, 2009:

Philipo, Thank You!!! Wonderful! I am glad to hear you are motivated! I am sure you will enjoy it! Blessings to you as well!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 07, 2009:

Leop, You are quite welcome! I too try and make it a point to learn something new each day! Obadiah is a wonderful short but powerful book to explore! I am glad that you have enjoyed this. Thank you for visiting and please do come again, Blessings to you as well!

Philipo from Nigeria on December 07, 2009:

Very nice hub. Honestly, I have not been reading the book of Obadiah. I am being motivated to read it. Thanks a lot and remain blessed. Complements of the season too.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 06, 2009:

Rev Lady, There is just nothing to compare to the WORD of GOD! Thank God for His HOLY SPIRIT!!! It never ceases to amaze me of its ever unfolding wisdom! I agree Obadiah is a definite "Gem of TRUTH!"

Thank you for your wise insighful commentary it is always welcomed and appreciated!

You are quite welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit! Love & Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 06, 2009:

UPstar, Why Thank you!! It is a terrifc Book! Thank you for stopping by and please do come again, Blessings!!!

Leop on December 06, 2009:

Thank you very much for this great teaching. Everyday I learn something new. this is wonderful, thank you for writing about it. God Bless.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 06, 2009:

Peacenhim, Obadiah is truly a wonderful book! Yes, there is much sibling rivalry in the Bible! You have listed a few of the many examples… Thank you for sharing your comments!

There is a lot of dreadful history between the Canaanites and the children of Israel. They were an atrocious group of wicked idol worshippers. The Lord commanded Israel to destroy the Canaanites’ but they disobeyed. They remained in the land and grew and became their tedious opponents. The Canaanites’ were descendents of Seth... Noah was Ham’s father. Ham and his people were cursed because he disrespected his father… They help to show the importance to know that God sees all and absolutely nothing is hidden from Him! This is why it is important to TRUST GOD!

Obadiah is again a wonderful book of God’s Faithfulness. Thank you for stopping by, Blessings!

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on December 06, 2009:

As in life, most gravitate toward the big, the tremendous, the rotund while "gems of truth" living amidst the small, the tiny, the seeming insignificant, are missed. Obadiah is such a gem of truth.

Thank you for magnifying its value and bringing to light God's truth tucked away in Obadiah.

Excellent write, superb reading.

Love and hugs,

UPStar on December 05, 2009:

Great little post on a little-read book of the bible. A real keeper!

peacenhim on December 05, 2009:

You know DeBorrah; I just read the book of Obadiah about two nights ago!! Your summation is well written and delivered! To be such a short book of the Bible, only about a page, it's packed full of such wisdom and truth. It is truly amazing to me how much sibling rivalry is revealed in the Bible, but it all started as far back as Cain and Abel. Then of course Ishmael and Isaac, who of course were half brothers, then Esau and Jacob, and then Jacob and His brothers. I would love to hear your depiction sometime on the Canaanites and how they came to be such an immoral group of people and despised by God. I know that they derived from Canaan who was the fourth son of Ham, brother of Mizraim, and grandson of Noah, the one Noah cursed in Gen. 9:25; but have always wondered if it wasn't the curse that caused them to become such a despicable race of people, the Baal worshippers, along with Baal's wife Ashteroth, the fertility deities. Their religion was so detestable and forbidden by the One True God of Israel because it magnified everything God opposed, and opposes today. It magnified all deeds done in darkness, which involved temple prostitution, human sacrifice and orgies. I'm curious to your take on the Canaanites, as I'd like to know if they essentially were direct descendants of Cain? Great Hub, thanks for posting!!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 05, 2009:

Ken R. Abell, Thank You and thank you as well for stopping by! Blessings!

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on December 05, 2009:

Once again, interesting & informative. Good job.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 04, 2009:

TimesHealsAll, Matthew 5 is a deep passage of scripture! The perfection in the Lord is about being complete in Him. When we really decide on resolving issues God's way there will be less conflict... Thank you for your comments and taking the time to stop by, Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 04, 2009:

Pastor Walt, It really is a wonderful book! Thank you and I appreciate you visiting, Blessings!

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans (author) on December 04, 2009:

Scott.Life, There is a wealth of wisdom in the Books of the Old Testament that are not as poplular or "obscure" as you say. When put in the proper context much of it is so relevant today! The rich history of the OT helps us to understand why we are where we are! We can glean many priceless character building and valuable lessons! It is important to always remember where the Lord has brought us from and through...

Thank you for your wonderful comments, and thank you for visiting as well! Blessings!

Vicky Gentry from Las Vegas, Nevada on December 04, 2009:

This brings to mind Matthew 5:23 and 24. If you are offering your gift at the alter and remember your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the alter and be reconciled with your brother, then come and offer your gift. God states clearly how we should treat our brother. God loves us, mistakes and all, therefore we should do the same to our brother. There is no such thing as perfection except in our lord Jesus Christ! Blessings!!!

Pastor_Walt from Jefferson City, Tennessee on December 04, 2009:

I have always love3d the book of Obadiah. Great, informative hub.

Scott.Life on December 04, 2009:

Mainstream religion seems to have a thing for ignoring or forgetting many of the more obscure books in the bible concerning the prophets. In my historical studies I have learned that much of what we now consider the modern version of the OT was in fact laid down during the time of the prophets and the exile to Persia after the destruction of Jerusalem. One Rabbi has even went as far to tell me that much of modern Judaism's basic tenants were first outlined by these men and their message of returning to God and his judgment on a people that had forgotten him.

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