THE BOOK OF OBADIAH
THE PROPHET OBADIAH IN THE BIBLE ADVENTURE
EDOM BIBLE PROPHECY ON EDOM IN THE BIBLE STORY JOURNEY
This Daily Bread study is of the Book of Obadiah who was a
prophet in approximately 600 B.C. His prophecy was about the destruction of
A struggle that began in the womb between twin brothers, Esau and Jacob, ends
up a struggle between their descendants, the Edomites (Esau's descendants)
and the Israelites (Jacob's descendants).
The Edomites refused to help Israel first during the time of wilderness
wandering (Numbers 20:14-21)
and later, during a time of invasion (2
Chronicles, Chapter 20). They are completely condemned by Obadiah. In
this prophecy, he describes their crimes, tries their case and pronounces
their judgment ... total destruction.
The vision of Obadiah.
This is what the Lord GOD says concerning Edom;
We have heard a rumor from the LORD,
and an ambassador is sent among the heathen saying,
Get up, and let us rise up against Edom in battle.
You see, I have made you small among the nations:
you are greatly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
who live in the clefts of the rock,
whose habitation is high; that say in his heart,
Who shall bring me down to the ground?
THE PROPHET OBADIAH IN THE BIBLE LESSON
EDOM BIBLE PROPHECY ON EDOM IN THE BIBLE STORY TRUTH
Edom is in a mountainous region on the east
side of the salt sea. This map shows the location circled near the bottom.
Though you exalt yourself as the eagle,
and though you set your nest among the stars,
I will bring you down from there, says the LORD.
If thieves came to you, or robbers by night,
(Oh, how you are destroyed!)
would they not have stolen until they had enough?
If the grape gatherers came to you,
would they not leave some gleaning grapes?
Gleaning grapes are what is left after
harvest, meaning Edom will be stripped of it's goods with little left of it.
How are the secrets of Esau found out!
How are his hidden things discovered!
All your friends have brought you to the edge,
the men that were at peace with you have tricked you,
and prevailed against you;
they that eat your bread have hurt you:
he is not smart.
Shall I not in that day, says the LORD,
destroy the wise men out of Edom,
and understanding out of the mount of Esau?
And your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed,
in the end, everyone of the mount of Esau
shall be destroyed by slaughter.
THE PROPHET OBADIAH IN THE BIBLE PROPHECY
EDOM BIBLE PROPHECY ON EDOM IN THE BIBLE STORY WARNING
Teman was the grandson of Esau, the son of Esau's son, Eliphaz, and his wife Adah, who was a Hittite (Canaanite) woman.
For your violence against your brother Jacob,
shame shall cover you, and you shall be destroyed for ever.
In the day that you stood on the other side (watching Israel be attacked),
in the day that the heathen carried Jacob's forces (soldiers) away captive,
and foreigners entered into his cities, and cast lots upon Jerusalem,
You were considered to be one of them.
But you shouldn't have rejoiced over your brother
in the day that he became a stranger;
neither should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah
in the day of their destruction;
neither should you have spoken proudly in the day of their distress.
You shouldn't have entered into the city of my people in the day of their calamity;
yes, you shouldn't have gawked at their affliction in the day of their disaster,
nor have laid hands on their belongings in the day of their dismay;
Neither should you have stood in the crossway,
to cut off those of his that did escape;
neither should you have handed over those of his
that survived in the day of distress.
For the day of the LORD is close at hand for all the heathen:
as you have done, it shall be done to you:
your reward shall return upon your own head.
For as you have drunk upon my holy mountain,
so shall all the nations drink continually,
yes, they shall drink, and they shall eat,
and they shall be as though they had not been.
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance,
and there shall be holiness;
and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
And the house of Jacob shall be a fire,
and the house of Joseph a flame,
and the house of Esau for stubble,
and they shall kindle them, and devour them;
and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau;
for the LORD has spoken it.
And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau;
and they of the plain the Philistines:
and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim,
and the fields of Samaria:
and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel
shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath;
and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad,
shall possess the cities of the south.
And deliverers shall come up on mount Zion
to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.
THE PROPHET OBADIAH IN THE BIBLE CONCLUSION
EDOM BIBLE PROPHECY ON EDOM IN THE BIBLE STORY SUMMARY
The region that once was called Edom is now within the
country of Jordan. There are several other prophets who speak of Edom's
demise as well, including:
Join Daily Bread soon for our next adventure through the Book of the Prophet Jonah. It's sure to be very interesting. God Bless.
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