Obadiah Sermons by Rev. Mike Jones [Revised January 29, 2019]
As thou has done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.vs 15
Obadiah (“The Servant of Jehovah”) is nowhere identified in scripture. The Book is the shortest book in the Old Testament and was written after the fall of Jerusalem (vs 10-14).
Obadiah is called the Prophet of “Poetic Justice” because his message concerned the destruction of Edom due to its enmity and treachery against Israel (The Edomites were the descendants of Esau- Jacob’s Brother. They were so called because Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of RED Pottage [Gen 25:30]. Edom also means Red).
The Edomites had a “brotherly” hatred of Israel because they thought the birthright to the promised land should have been theirs. The feud had gone on for centuries (see Numbers 20:14-22) where the Edomites refuse to let Moses and the Children of Israel cross their land) and the Edomites rejoiced for glee and even helped when Jerusalem was spoiled by the Babylonians. They dwelt in their strongholds (such as the Rock City of Petra) and felt that they were unconquerable but God tells them thru Obadiah that their day would come and they’d reap what they had sown!! As thou has done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.vs 15
I. THE DESTRUCTION OF EDOM 1-16
A) The Certainty of it 1-9 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence wilt I bring thee down, saith the Lord. vs 4
B) The Reason for it 10-16 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever vs10
II. THE SALVATION OF ISRAEL 17-21
A) The Promise of it 17-18 The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions vs 17
B) The Fullness of it 19-21 (The Captives shall be Captors!!)
Notice how often “Brother is against Brother” in Scripture:
Cain withstood Abel about God’s Way of Redemption
Ishmael withstood Isaac about Faith in the Promises of God
Esau Withstood Jacob about the Spiritual over the Physical