About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Commentary On Obadiah
My commentary is based on the 1984 edition of the New International Bible.
is a not too well known prophet that recorded his prophecy shortly after
the Babylonian exile was over. There
does not appear to be any quotes from Obadiah in the rest of the Bible.
away in verse 1 we note that the Word of the Lord came to Obadiah in a
vision. There are a number of
ways in which the Lord spoke to prophets in the Old Testament.
He spoke to them in dreams, in visions, or in person.
the words "Sovereign Lord' in verse 1.
The word "sovereign" as it applies to God in the Bible is
one very important word.
It simply means that God is the final authority over all things.
He can do whatever He wants. He
will do whatever He wants. It
is His prerogative to do whatever He wants without any consultation by
anyone else. He is the Sovereign Lord.
stated above, verse 1 says that the Word that Obadiah received was
supposed to be given to the nation of Edom.
1 speaks of many nations going against
in verse 2 Edom's pride will be their fall. Right
back to the father of
also in verses 2 and 3 that Edom
lives in the "clefs of the rock and on the mountain tops".
The text suggests that
area where Edom
lived, was, and still is, a very rocky and mountainous area of the world.
This proves a false sense of security as seen in their question,
"who can throw us down"?
is one who can and will bring Edom
down and that is God Himself. Verse
4 states that even though Edom
flies like eagles in the stars, God will bring her down.
The eagle is a bird of strength, but no nation can match the
strength of the Lord.
verses 5 through 7 we see the attack begin.
Even Edom's friends will deceive and take spoil from them.
8 states that it is God who destroys the wise men and men of war of
9 to 14 state the reason why God would destroy Edom. It is for their mistreatment
of Israel, Edom's brother. This is all about
the Abrahamic Covenant that stated, "he that blesses
text doesn't say it here, but we know what verses 9 through 14 is speaking
of. I'll briefly state why God
was preparing to destroy Edom.
was angry at Israel
because they had forsaken Him so He brought judgment on them.
This judgment took place with the help of Babylon
. God allowed, and even
is ironic, but this is how God works,
punishment ultimately came to Edom
around 125 B.C. when Israelis attacked Edom, and made them become Jews. Therefore
what verse 15 says is true. "As
you have done, it will be done to you.
Your deeds will return to you upon your own head".
It is that simple. This
principle will be clearly seen at the end of this age.
How the nations treat
the first 16 verses of Obadiah we've seen how God judged, punished, and
destroyed Edom, Israel's brother. From verse 17 to the end of the book we see the contrast in
how God will bless Israel. It seems that to the degree
text states that there will be deliverance for Israel. She will possess her inheritance. In
rest of the chapter simply states, that in the end, Israel