Evolution and You (or Why God Hated Esau)
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom: We have heard a rumor from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the nations, Arise, and let us rise up against her in battle. (Obadiah 1) Who was Obadiah? He was one of four prophets about whom we know absolutely nothing, except that he wrote prophecy. The other three prophets are Habakkuk, Haggai, and Malachi. All were great prophets, yet we know nothing concerning them.
Therefore, when we ask, ''Who is Obadiah?'' I have to answer truthfully, ''I do not know.'' Yet his name was as common in Israel as Abdullah is among the Arabs today. Both mean the same thing: Servant of Jehovah.
Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament - only twenty-one verses. But the brevity of the message does not render it less important or less significant for us today. Like the other Minor Prophets, the message is primary, pertinent, practical, and poignant. It is a message that can be geared into this day in which we are living. None of these so-called Minor Prophets are extinct volcanoes; rather, they are distinct action.
There is no cold ash in any of them; they are spewing hot lava.
Each prophet has a particular point to make, and he makes it definitely and emphatically.
Obadiah tells us immediately, bluntly, and to the point: ''Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom….'' Now wait a moment - not only must we ask about the identity of Obadiah, but who is Edom? Edom is the key to the little book, and so we shall have to go back to Genesis to determine the identity of Edom. In Genesis, where we have the record of the generations of Esau, notice this comment: Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom….
Thus dwelt Esau in Mount Seir: Esau is Edom. And these are the generations of Esau, the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir. (Genesis 36:1, 8, 9) That is the record that is given, and it is repeated three times.
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