Book type: Prophets (Minor)
No. of chapters: 1
Key character(s): God, Obadiah, Babylonians.
Brief description: Obadiah – A vision of hope for a defeated people.
01) God knows & will judge the sins of his people’s enemies (1:1-14)
02) The Day of the Lord offers judgement for the nations but deliverance for God’s people (1:15-21)
Obadiah means “servant of Yahweh”, “servant of the Lord” in Hebrew.
Does God have a future for a defeated people? Obadiah ministered to people who had gone into exile by the Babylonians. Adding to their sorrows was the fact that their “kin” had betrayed them. The people of Edom, descended from Jacob/Israel’s brother Esau (Genesis 36:1), had gloated over the fall of Jerusalem & helped the Babylonians capture the citizens of Judah.
Does God have a future for a defeated people? Odadiah’s answers is yes! He rejected despair & the frustration of harboring hatred in favour of the revelation of God’s justice & hope.
Obadiah concentrates on 2 affirmations:
01) The justice of God.
02) The grace of God.
The proclamation of Obadiah applies to the people of God wherever they find themselves defeated.
Obadiah calls us to:
01) Believe in God’s Word.
02) Live in light of God’s faithfulness.
03) Renew our vision of God’s justice.
04) Aid in the liberation of oppressed people.
[Source: NIV Disciple’s Study Bible]