Saturday, October 2, 2010

Weekly Recap #39 - (Part 1) Obadiah

A few facts about the prophet Obadiah....

~~~His name means "servant of Jehovah"
~~~He was a prophet in Judah
~~~His message was directed against Edom because they took sides against Jerusalem during it's time of distress.  This distress was caused by sin....but the sin brought even more problems for God's people (His punishment)
But God....wouldn't let other countries go without being punished if they mistreated His people.
As Pappy put it....
...."I can talk about my family, but you can't"!!!

Bitter feelings existed between Edom and Israel.  It began centuries earlier when the twin brothers, Jacob and Esau went their separate ways.  Esau's descendants became known as the Edmonites and Jacob's descendants as "The Covenant People", the nation of Israel.  An example of the clash was when Edom refused to allow the Israelites to cross their land as they traveled toward the land of Canaan.  The worst thing was probably when Edom participated in the looting of Jerusalem when the city fell to the Babylonians.  Edom would be treated by God as harshly as they had treated His chosen people.

Obadiah 1:10
Because of the violence you did to your close relatives in Israel, you will be filled with shame and destroyed forever.

Here are a few of the things that the Edmomites did against the children of Israel....

~~~stood aloof when they were invaded, refusing to help them
~~~acted like they were an enemy
~~~rejoiced when the people of Judah suffered misfortune
~~~gloated when the Babylonians carried Israel into captivity
~~~plundered the land
~~~seized their wealth
~~~stood at the crossroads killing those who tried to escape
~~~captured the survivors

As Edom had stood in judgment of Israel, the same would be done to them.

Obadiah 1:15
All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads.

In His Most Precious Love....and with mine!!!

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