God’s curse on Edom (Obadiah)

God’s Curse on Edom – Obadiah

I. INTRODUCTION

a. The prophet Obadiah

1 Kings 18:3-4 (NASB) “Ahab called Obadiah who was over the household. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly; for when Jezebel destroyed the prophets of the LORD, Obadiah took a hundred prophets and hid them by fifties in a cave, and provided them with bread and water.)”

2 Chronicles 17:7 (NASB) “Then in the third year of his [Jehoshaphat’s] reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah…”

2 Chronicles 34:12 (NASB) “The men did the work faithfully with foremen over them to supervise: Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah, and Meshullam of the songs of the Kohathites, and the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments.”

Nehemiah 9:38, 10:5 (NASB) “‘…And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.’ Now on the sealed document were the names of… Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah…”

b. The nation of Edom

2 Kings 8:20-22 (NASB) “In his days Edom revolted from under the hand of Judah, and made a king over themselves. Then Joram crossed over to Zair, and all his chariots with him. And he arose by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and the captains of the chariots; but his army fled to their tents. So Edom revolted against Judah to this day….”

2 Chronicles 21:16-17 (NASB) “Then the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabs who border the Ethiopians; and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king’s house together with his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.”

Genesis 36:8-9, 19 (NASB) says “So Esau lived in the hill country of Seir; Esau is Edom. These then are the records of the generations of Esau the father of the Edomites in the hill country of Seir… These are the sons of Esau (that is, Edom)…”

Genesis 25:22-23 (NASB) says “But the children struggled together within her; and she said, ‘If it is so, why then am I this way?’ So she went to inquire of the LORD. The LORD said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples will be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.’”

Genesis 25:29-34 (NASB) says “When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; and Esau said to Jacob, ‘Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.’ Therefore his name was called Edom. But Jacob said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ Esau said, ‘Behold, I am about to die; so of what use then is the birthright to me?’ And Jacob said, ‘First swear to me’; so he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew; and he ate and drank, and rose and went on his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Genesis 27:39-41 (NASB) “Then Isaac his father answered and said to him ‘Behold, away from the fertility of the earth shall be your dwelling, and away from the dew of heaven from above. By your sword you shall live, and your brother you shall serve; but it shall come about when you become restless, that you break his yoke from your neck.’ So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him…”

Num. 20:14, 17-21 (NASB) “From Kadesh Moses then sent messengers to the king of Edom: ‘Thus your brother Israel has said, “You know all the hardship that has befallen us… Please let us pass through your land. We will not pass through field or through vineyard; we will not even drink water from a well. We will go along the king’s highway, not turning to the right or left, until we pass through your territory.’ Edom, however, said to him, ‘You shall not pass through us, or I will come out with the sword against you.’ Again, the sons of Israel said to him, ‘We will go up by the highway, and if I and my livestock do drink any of your water, then I will pay its price. Let me only pass through on my feet, nothing else.’ But he said, ‘You shall not pass through.’ And Edom came out against him with a heavy force and with a strong hand. Thus Edom refused to allow Israel to pass through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.”

II. THE CONDEMNATION OF EDOM

a. The dependence on resources

b. The destructiveness of pride

Proverbs 16:18-19 (NASB) says “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

Proverbs 6:16-19 (NASB) “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that run rapidly to evil, a false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”

Proverbs 8:13 (NASB) “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.”

Psalm 138:6 (NASB) “For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar.”

Daniel 4:29-32 (NASB) “Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon. The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’ While the word was in the king’s mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you, and you will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and seven periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’”

Matthew 23:12 (NASB) says “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.”

James 4:6 (NASB) But He gives greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Isaiah 14:13-15 (NASB) “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”

Jeremiah 49:7 says “Concerning Edom. Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Is there no longer any wisdom in Teman? Has good counsel been lost to the prudent? Has their wisdom decayed?’”

III. THE REASON FOR PUNISHMENT

Deuteronomy 23:7a (NASB) says “You shall not detest an Edomite, for he is your brother…”

IV. THE DAY OF THE LORD

a. Nations will reap what they sow

Galatians 6:7 (NASB) “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.”

b. The restoration of Israel

c. God’s Victory

Genesis 12:3 (NASB) “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”

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