TEACHER: Ken Hicks
BOTTOM LINE:Live according to God’s Word or the doom of Edom may be your Destruction as Well!
To tell you a little of Obadiah’s story … most Theologians believe he was given the Gift of Prophecy after hiding 100Prophets from the persecution of Jezebel, King Ahab’s wife … which we find that story in 1 Kings 18 … and he hid them in 2 different caves, so that if Jezebel happened to have found them in 1 cave, the others could escape. But this was a pretty big Soap Opera, because Obadiah was actually King Ahab’s steward.
It’s most believed that Obadiah was writing either mid-8th Century B.C. or … mid-5th Century B.C. … as he referred to an Attack on Jerusalem.
The Word of Condemnation:
Obadiah brings a Word from the Lord here … against the nation of Edom, condemning them for just standing around and doing NOTHING … while Israel gets conquered again … and again … and again.
And what’s interesting is that we wonder, Why would God Condemn Edom for this? And not any other Nation? What makes Edom so different than Moab … Assyria … etc???
Edom was so concerned w/ the Hatred they had against Israel … that they forgot they were Brothers!
And if we’re not careful … this might be one that honestly … we don’t want to ask God Ok God, What Can We Learn from this Word?
Because honestly … we might be scared of the Answer!
I mean we initially go … well ok Ken, we want record people fighting … but I think it’s deeper than that isn’t it?
Israel was hurting … and their Spiritual Family did NOTHING to help them … and we’re like Shame On You! … until we realize that the entire world is Hurting even as we speak!