Obadiah means: Servant of the Lord. Let's consider the lessons we can learn from this short but powerful book.
1. Relationships: The Edomites are the descendents of Esau, twin brother of Jacob (Israel). (Edom means “Red” Esau was born red, red was the color of the stew he sold his birthright, and red is the rocks and cliffs of Edom)In Genesis 25:21-34 we see the birth of Jacob and Esau, in Genesis 27 Esau tricked out of his birthright, in Genesis 32-33 the brothers meet again, Edom refuses safe passage during the Exodus Numbers 20:14-21, broke from Israel after Solomon. How would you describe this “family” relationship?
2. Pride: Obadiah 1-4 (read) They were secure in their protection (because of their geography) and wisdom (legendary), but God spoke directly against this pride with His Judgment in 5-9 How does pride destroy?
3. Consequences of actions found in: Obadiah 10-14 (read) and Punishment described in 15-21(read) What is the emphasis on in verse 15?
Compare Obadiah to 1 Corinthians 1:19-31,
For it is written:
Are you “boasting” in God?