Obadiah is the often forgotten, Jedi ghost in the latest Star Wars installment, oops that’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, wrong Obi. What I meant to say is that Obadiah is the often forgotten, Old Testament prophet and book in the Bible between Amos and Jonah. It’s only one chapter long and you probably haven’t heard a sermon on it. In fact, after reading it, you may even ask why God would include it in His Holy Word? To answer that question, we must be aware of the context of the book.
In 587 B.C. the Babylonians took over Jerusalem and took God’s people into captivity. It was a dark time for God’s people and sadly one of their neighboring leaders didn’t stand up to do anything about it. Edom, the brother of Jacob whose name was changed to Israel, not only avoided aiding Israel but also participated in the looting of Israel. This letter was a prophetic letter written to the Edomites to show that not only was God watching but that God cares and repays. It was a warning in some ways for such hypocrisy and evil but also a reminder for Israel who thought that God didn’t care about this injustice and their future, in which He really does. God doesn’t change and He will come to ultimately rule and reign in His Kingdom.
Have you ever felt like God didn’t care? Have you ever wondered why those who are evil seem to get away with injustice over God’s people? Let this short chapter and book in the Old Testament serve as a sovereign reminder that “the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.” (v. 21)
What stood out to you in Obadiah?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor