Summary: We all need to push aside our pride.

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1. Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick was the commander of the 6th Army Corps during the Civil War. On May 9, 1864 he was sitting under a tree, making battle plans. He got up and started walking toward his men, a lone Confederate sniper opened fire – the men scattered for cover.

The Maj. Laughed at his men and boasted, “What men! Dodging for single bullets? I tell you they could not hit an elephant at this distance! This now historical record of the account reads:

Before the smile which accompanied these words had departed from his lips…there was a sharp whistle of a bullet, terminating in a dull, soft sound; and he fell slowly and heavily to the earth.” He was killed instantly!

2. Pride gives us a false sense of confidence, but the Bible warns – Pride goes before destruction and the haughty spirit before the fall. The book of Obadiah uses Edom to illustrate this principle.

3. Pride Produces a False sense of Confidence.

Obadiah 1:1-9 (NKJV)

1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom (We have heard a report from the LORD, And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying, "Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle"):

2 "Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised.

3 The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?'

4 Though you ascend as high as the eagle, And though you set your nest among the stars, From there I will bring you down," says the LORD.

5 "If thieves had come to you, If robbers by night-- Oh, how you will be cut off!-- Would they not have stolen till they had enough? If grape-gatherers had come to you, Would they not have left some gleanings?

6 "Oh, how Esau shall be searched out! How his hidden treasures shall be sought after!

7 All the men in your confederacy Shall force you to the border; The men at peace with you Shall deceive you and prevail against you. Those who eat your bread shall lay a trap for you. No one is aware of it.

8 "Will I not in that day," says the LORD, "Even destroy the wise men from Edom, And understanding from the mountains of Esau?

9 Then your mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, To the end that everyone from the mountains of Esau May be cut off by slaughter.

I. First, the Pride of Edom. 1-9

Obadiah 1:1-9 (MSG)

1 Obadiah's Message to Edom from GOD, the Master. We got the news straight from GOD by a special messenger sent out to the godless nations: "On your feet, prepare for battle; get ready to make war on Edom!

2 "Listen to this, Edom: I'm turning you to a no-account, the runt of the godless nations, despised.

3 You thought you were so great, perched high among the rocks, king of the mountain, Thinking to yourself, 'Nobody can get to me! Nobody can touch me!'

4 Think again. Even if, like an eagle, you hang out on a high cliff-face, Even if you build your nest in the stars, I'll bring you down to earth." GOD's sure Word.

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