Obadiah 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Obadiah 1


Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. Nothing is known of the prophet Obadiah, meaning “servant of the Lord.” This book presents a message of judgement against the people of Edom, a land located to the southeast of Judah. The people of Edom, called Edomites, are the descendant of Esau, twin brother of Jacob.

This prophecy addresses dooming judgement of God against Edom for their arrogance, not helping Israel when she was in adversity. Eight hold indictment in verse 12-14 indicate it, and invading Israel, allied with other nations. Edom’s relationship with Israel dramatically changed when Israel was captured by Babylonians (587-586 BC). Edom prospered by capturing fleeting Judeans and turning them over to Babylonians, which was act of treachery and betrayal against neighboring brotherly nation.

“In that day,” (v.8) indicates the day of Judgement for Edom and the day of restoration for Israel, the house of Jacob (v.17).

The message from this oracle is God’s judgement for Edom in specific, and universal judgement of God for all nations who go against God’s people, in general.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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