OBADIAH TOTAL CHAPTERS: 1
OBADIAH TOTAL VERSES: 21
TOTAL WORDS: 670
DATE WRITTEN: 840-586BC
God of the Universe: All peoples of all nations are under His rule and His law. The Fall Of Edom.
God, Obadiah and Nation of Edom.
BOOK OF OBADIAH KEY VERSES:
1: 4: Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the LORD.
1:12: You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.
1:15: The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
Obadiah with only one chapter and a total of 21 verses is the shortest book of the Old Testament and is shorter than most of the books in the New Testament. This book is not addressed to the Jewish people but to the nation of Edom who were the descendants of Esau who was the oldest son of Isaac and Rebekah and the brother of Jacob. So they were cousins of Israel. However, when Israel was in trouble and needed Edom’s military support, Edom refused to help and instead they helped Israel’s enemies. Obadiah was the prophet who declared judgment upon Edomites. There are twelve different men named Obadiah in the Old Testament but no one looks like a candidate as the author of this book. The origins of this story take us back to Genesis chapters 25 onwards where Rebekah and Isaac had twins and it was told that they would become great nations but the older will serve the younger. Esau was born hairy and red thus Edom means red. The Edomites lived in a rugged, mountainous region south-east of Israel. Edom refused to let Israel pass through their land in the times of Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. After that the two nations were often at war with each other and rarely lived together like brothers. These sins and pride of Edomites at last judged by God. However, the end of the book is again a promise of the fulfillment and deliverance of Zion in the Last Days.
CHAPTER WISE SUMMARY:
Chapter#1: The Judgment of Edom. Edom’s violence against Jacob. Edom’s Sins Against Judah. God’s day against all the nations. Edom Will Be Humbled. The salvation and victory of Jacob. The house of Jacob to be restored. Edom to be consumed by Jacob. Dominions belongs to God only.