by Jim Perdue

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Series: Family Feud
Jim Perdue
Obadiah 1-14


New series through the OT book of Obadiah entitled Family Feud. You would think it's a series on the family. In a way it is, in a way it's not.

*Of all human conflict, the most painful and difficult to resolve are those between blood relatives. But if family feuds are tragic, national feuds are even worse. Almost every nation has experience a civil war, with brother killing brother in order to perpetuate a long-standing disagreement that nobody fully understands or wants to settle. History records that the roots of these disputes are bitter, long, and deep, and that every attempt to pull them up and destroy them usually meets with failure.

Esau and Jacob were twin brothers who had been competitors from before birth (Gen. 25:19-26). Unfortunately, their parents disagreed over the boys, with Isaac partial to Esau and Rebekah favoring Jacob. God had chosen Jacob, the younger son, to receive the blessing attached to the Abrahamic Covenant (Rom. 9:10-12), but Jacob and Rebekah decided to get this blessing by scheming instead of trusting God (Gen. 27).

When Esau learned that his clever brother had stolen the blessing, he resolved to kill him after their father was dead, and this led to Jacob's leaving home to find a wife among his mother's relatives (vv. 41-46). Years later, the two brothers experienced a brief time of reconciliation (Gen. 32), and they both faithfully attended the burial of Isaac (35:27-29), but the animosity was never removed. Esau established the nation of Edom (25:30; 35:1, 8; 36:1ff), and his descendants carried on the family feud that Esau had begun years before.

The Law of Moses commanded the Jews treat the Edomites like brothers: ''You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother'' (Deut. 23:7 NKJV). In spite of this, the Edomites ''harbored an ancient hostility'' against Israel (Ezek. 35:5 NIV) and used every opportunity to ...

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