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Duration: 365 days

GOD’S TIRING OF BULLYING

Obadiah

God’s Story

God has a message for Edom, Israel’s brother nation. The Edomites descend from Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. But the brothers wrestled in the womb, and their relationship was always one of tension, not closeness.

Through Obadiah, God tells Edom that a messenger has been sent among the nations, calling them to rise up against prideful Edom. God is going to bring the nation crashing down.

God is angry because when godless invaders came into Jerusalem to pillage it, Edom acted like a stranger, not a brother. The nation didn’t do anything to help—instead, they mocked. They even attacked the refugees as they fled from the city. Now God is going to destroy Edom forever.

The day of the Lord is near for all nations—not just for Edom. What they have done will be brought back on them. On God’s mountain, Mount Zion, there will be deliverance for God’s people Israel. But Edom’s mountains will be occupied by other people. Mount Zion will be exalted over Edom’s mountains, and “the kingdom will be the Lord’s.”

The King’s Heart

They were brothers. Jacob and Esau shared a womb (see Genesis 25:21-26). But the struggle that started in the womb never ended. When God’s people were fresh out of Egypt, Esau’s descendants refused to let Israel pass through their land and even sent out an army against them (see Numbers 20:14-21).

After God’s people took hold of the promised land, they shared their eastern boundary with Edom. Still, the animosity continued. The two brother nations never stopped living at odds with each other.

It could have been so different. Since the Edomites were right next door to Israel, Esau’s descendants got to see God’s heart as he loved and cared for his people. The Edomites had a front-row seat to what God was doing. But they showed no interest, only hostility to their brother nation and to God.

By consistently standing in opposition to God’s people, the Edomites had clearly shown that they wanted no part in God or in his plan. “I have watched you struggle and suffer at the hands of the Edomites,” God was saying to his people in Obadiah. “And enough is enough.” So God destroyed Edom.

Even though the timetable is always God’s, evil may exist for a while, but it will not exist forever. God will take care of his people.

Insight

Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. It is also unique because its prophetic words of judgment are directed at a foreign nation, without any direct judgment spoken to God’s people.

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