Obadiah announces Edom's downfall to Babylon, which is an image of how God will bring down all arrogant and violent nations.
The smallest account in the Old Testament, the book of Obadiah is a vision written by the prophet Obadiah, who prophesied against Israel's relative nation Edom.
Edom will fall
The book of Obadiah details the judgment against the nation of Edom. The Edomites, who were descended from Jacob's brother Esau, still carried a grudge against Jacob for his deception of his brother. The nation of Edom hated Israel. They refused to help Israel in their need, sold them as slaves, and even abused them while they were exiled in Babylon.
God calls Obadiah to declare judgment over Edom and prophesy that they will be erased from history. Babylon overtook Edom 100 years later, and the nation was never restored.
Esau’s anger against Jacob for stealing his birthright carries over to descendants – the nations of Israel and Edom.
Instead of helping their relatives, Edom gloats over Israel’s exile, enslaving their refugees and encouraging Jerusalem’s destruction. But God’s judgment will come upon Edom.
All Nations Judged
Edom’s not the only nation who will receive God’s judgment. All godless nations who have wronged the innocent will be punished too.
In contrast to Edom’s pride and fall, Israel will be restored after exile. This includes the reconstruction of the temple and the future new Jerusalem.
Edom Brought In
Can Esau’s descendants repent and receive God’s forgiveness? Yes! Even they are included in God’s new Kingdom if they repent and believe in his Messiah.
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