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Obadiah and Edom
Obadiah is both the author and the main character of the book bearing his name, Obadiah. The prophesies in Obadiah are not only to the nation of Edom; but, to all heathen nations every where...those nations who live in the rebellion of God's laws. God used Obadiah as a means to warn the nation(s) of God's punishment for sin. God WILL bring down that which has been sinfully exalted.
There are two schools of thought on who Obadiah was:
- According to Rabbinical tradition, Obadiah is said to have been an Edomite who converted to Judaism. He is supposedly a descendant of Eliphaz, who, in turn was a friend of Job's. Obadiah is also identified as a servant of Ahab, and was, therefore, chosen to prophesy against Edom, having come from Edom himself. In having worked in the house of Ahab and Jezebel, he was the wisest chosen prophet because he did not live as Ahab and Jezebel did. At the time when Jezebel was fiercely persecuting all the prophets in the land, Obadiah supposedly helped to hide the "hundred prophets." These prophets were divided and hid in two separate caves; if the prophets in one cave were discovered, the prophets in the other cave would have time to escape. Obadiah so feared God that he spent his monetary savings in order to feed the hidden hundred prophets. This expended the vast majority of his wealth, and at a great interest rate, he borrowed money from Johoram, son of Ahab. If only the house of Ahab and Jezebel had been righteous unto God, the blessings of God would have been showered upon them in abundance because of the favor God showed to Obadiah.
- According to Christian tradition, Obadiah was born in Shechem, and, later in life, was an officiating centurion of Ahaziah sent out against Elijah. There are many Eastern church who regard Obadiah as a saint. The Coptic Orthodox Church will celebrate Obadiah in January; whereas, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Eastern Catholic Church will have a feast day for the memory of Obadiah on November 19 (on the Gregorian calendar, November 19th for these Eastern churches would be December 2nd). For Syriac and Malankara churches, Obadiah is held in high regard on February 28th, and, along with other minor prophets, Obadiah is celebrated on July 31st in the Calendar of the Saints of the American Apostolic Church. There is an old tradition that says Obadiah is buried in Sebastia (modern day Nablus Governorate of the West Bank), at the same site as both Elisha and, later, John the Baptist.
**Information on Obadiah was found at Wikipedia.**
The original boundaries for Edom stretched from the Sinai Peninsula as far as Kadesh Barmea, southward as far as Eilat (a major sea port for Edom), northward to Moab. The area of land between Edom and Moab is known as the Wadi Zered. Edom's ancient capital was Bozra. When reading in the book of Genesis, we learn that the descendants of Esau (who vowed vengeance of his twin brother, Jacob, when Jacob tricked Isaac, their father, into giving him the blessing that should have gone to Esaw) settled in the land of Edom after having defeated the Horites. At times, Edom was referred to as the Land of Seir, and Mount Seir is known to be identified with Edom as a site of cultist traditions and rituals.
**Information regarding Edom was found at Wikipedia.**
The Sin of Pride
Pride. As a noun, pride means to hold in high regard one's own dignity, importance and merit. It's taking on the opinion that one got where one got due to one's own efforts, thereby giving glory only to one's own self.
The inhabitants of the land of Edom sat in prideful arrogance believing that they were a safe people. Obadiah warns them that though the mountains are high and though their defenses are set as they live in the caves safe from the outside, they will be destroyed, there is nothing that they can do to save themselves from God's judgment and punishment.
The Edomites had much pride in their political skills and militaristic strategies. They thought they were so much more smarter than their neighboring nations because they were able to use their cunning political skills and militaristic strategies to cheat the political and military allies. The Edomites would soon face their shame of pride when those nations they thought to be allies would turn on them and aid in their downfall.
And so it was, Edom, who was the "brother" nation to Israel, did nothing to help the Israelites when Babylon carried the Israelites off into exile. In fact, Edom helped to plunder Judah and Jerusalem, and even made escape impossible for those fleeing the Babylonian armies. It was a betrayal of the worse kind.
...think on this...
We, all mankind (men, women, children), are all guilty of a similar betrayal. While we mourn the death of Jesus, it was our hands that held the hammer that pounded the nails into Jesus' hands and feet.
Lucifer Dances with Pride
Lucifer was created by God as a perfect angel. Lucifer was above all other angels, and his appearance was beautiful and dazzling. He radiated light and glory, he was covered with gold and shimmering jewels. He was the Chief Covering angel, and worked in the throne room of God. Ezekiel 28:12-14
He began to exalt himself and he led other to exalt him. He became prideful in his own glory and wisdom. Ezekiel 28:6, 17.
He was cunning in his pride, and one-third of all the angels in Heaven listened to his musical words and sided with him. Lucifer started to worship himself, and his follower angels worshiped him, as well.
God, being just and fair, even with His angels, had only one choice...Lucifer was thrown from the radiance and glory in Heaven that he had known since his creation. All of his following worshipful angels (one-third of Heaven's angels) were expelled from Heaven with him. Isaiah 14:12-14.
There is something that each one of us needs to know about Satan today; he is alive and real. He knows his time is quickly coming to an end, and he is doing everything he possibly can to sway the minds of the people; pride is his best used weapon. There is coming a day, though, when Satan will be eternally defeated and the sin of pride will no longer exist.
The book of Jonah tells of how God's love embraces even pagan nations. This book relates how Jonah refused to obey God's call to preach to a pagan people, the inhabitants of Nineveh. Jonah received a swift and harsh punishment from God, and was given a second chance to fulfill God's call on his life. It should be noted that even Jesus, when speaking of his death, burial and resurrection alluded to Jonah and Jonah's being in the belly of the great fish for three days.