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Summary: This is a sermon about a nation that forgot about God.

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Series: Obadiah [#1]

THE RISE AND FALL OF A NATION

Obadiah 1:1-21

Introduction:

Obadiah wrote this shortest book of the Old Testament probably soon after the armies of Babylon destroyed Jerusalem. While the Babylonians were taking the Israelites into captivity, the people of Edom helped capture those Israelites who were running and turned them over to the Babylonians. After most of the Israelites were in captivity the Edomites took up residency in the Judean villages. This angered the Lord. The Edomites were descendants of Esau which were related to the Israelites. Instead of helping the Babylonians they should have been helping their relatives. Obadiah prophesied that Edom would be repaid for mistreating God’s people and that the house of Jacob would be restored.

Obadiah 1:1 (NLT)

“This is the vision that the Sovereign Lord revealed to Obadiah concerning the land of Edom. We have heard a message from the Lord that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say, "Get ready, everyone! Let’s assemble our armies and attack Edom!"

Edom’s False Sense

Of Security

God declared war on Edom. In the next verses God told them what He was going to do to them.

Obadiah 1:2-4 (NLT)

[2] The Lord says, "I will cut you down to size among the nations, Edom; you will be small and despised. [3] You are proud because you live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains. ’Who can ever reach us way up here?’ you ask boastfully. Don’t fool yourselves! [4] Though you soar as high as eagles and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down. I, the Lord, have spoken!

Edom prided herself in her great wealth. Edom’s 3 main areas of economy were trading, looting, and iron and copper mining in the region. Edom also prided herself in her secure geographical position. Yet God said He would cause her to be made small.

Edom’s pride would be the key to her fall. Because of Edom’s geographical location in the mountains of Seir, they were very secure. Edom trusted in the natural protection provided by the clefts of the rocks. Living in caves high above the ground Edom felt totally safe from enemy attacks. Some of the Edomites had settled

in such high caves and other places up in the mountains that it was as if they were soaring like the eagle and nesting among the stars.

Of Trust

Obadiah 1:5-7 (NLT)

[5] "If thieves came at night and robbed you, they would not take everything. Those who harvest grapes always leave a few for the poor. But your enemies will wipe you out completely! [6] Every nook and cranny of Edom will be searched and looted. Every treasure will be found and taken. [7] "All your allies will turn against you. They will help to chase you from your land. They will promise you peace, while plotting your destruction. Your trusted friends will set traps for you, and you won’t even know about it.

Obadiah now filled in details about Edom’s coming judgment. First, he spoke of thieves taking everything they have. Second, he compared their humiliation to field workers gathering grapes who leave a few grapes for the poor to glean.


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