Though the book of Obadiah lays out the specifics of Edom's evil actions, Edom is not alone the only guilty nation. Edom serves as an image for how God will bring down all arrogant and violent nations.
Through Obadiah, God declared judgment over Edom and prophesied their erasure from history. Babylon overtook Edom 100 years after Obadiah, and they never recovered.
Edom Will Fall
The book of Obadiah is the shortest account in the Hebrew Bible. It’s a warning against the nation of Edom, who rebelled against God and enslaved the Israelites.
Esau’s jealousy over Jacob stealing his birthright carries over to their 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 be the final word.
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.
In contrast to Edom’s pride and fall, Israel will be restored after exile. This includes the reconstruction of the temple and a new Jerusalem.
Hope for Edom
Can Esau’s descendants repent and receive God’s forgiveness? Yes! All are included in God’s new Kingdom if they repent and believe in his Messiah.
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