Rhome Dyck starts a three week series on the book of Obadiah.

Rhome emphasized that when we read passages in the Bible, it’s helpful to have context from other parts of scripture to grasp the meaning.  He pointed out that the Bible is like 66 scenes.  The message continuity is that we’re sinful and we can’t 
self-save.  The rest of the Bible is
 God revealing Himself to help us, ultimately sending Jesus.

Obadiah is a prophesy against the people of Edom.

Background

Our problem with Obadiah is that some of the meaning is found in other parts of the Bible.  The hardest part is knowing which parts should be read to help us comprehend the passage.  Rhome pointed out several verses that give us context to better understand Obadiah, starting in Genesis.

  • Gen 25:19-26, the records of Isaac (Abraham’s son).  Abraham and Sarah had trouble conceiving but had Isaac when they were advanced in years.  Isaac married Rebecca and they also had trouble conceiving.  They finally had twins Esau and Jacob.
  • Gen 25:23: Esau, the older, gave up his birth right to his younger brother Jacob (in exchange for food).
  • Gen 27:35-40  Deception occurred. Jacob fooled Isaac to think he was Esau.
  • Gen 32:  Jacob wrestles with God.

Obadiah is really about the battle between Jacob (Israelites) and Esau (Edomites).

History of Conflict

There’s an ongoing conflict throughout the Old Testament.

  • Gen: Four generations of conflict from Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob and Joseph.
  • Exodus:  400 years have passed.  Israel is freed from Egyptian bondage and sets out for the promised land.  Twelve spies are sent out (10 say they can’t overcome, 2 say “our God can do.”)
  • Numbers 20:14-21:  Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom.  Edom refused to let Israel pass thru.
  • Deuteronomy 2:  Tells how Israel went around.
  • 1 Samuel 14:47:  After Saul assumed rule over Israel, he fought against Edom.
  • Psalm 60:  More fighting and David goes down.
  • Chronicles and 1 & 2 Kings:  Back and forth fighting between the Israelites and Edomites.
  • Psalm 137:  Edom desires destruction of Israel.

This “scrap” carried out between Nations is all because of the battle of two brothers, Jacob and Esau.

Obadiah 1-4

The running feud throughout the Old Testament leads to this in Obadiah:  God speaking out against the people of Edom.  The location of Edom is modern day Petra, a rugged site with rock or cliff mountain fortresses.  The Edomites believe the mountains will protect them and feel a superiority because of where they live (it’s hard to get in or out).  They are an arrogant people who think they’re immune to God’s wrath over their aggression against Israel.