by Ernest Easley

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The Mother of All Sins
Ernest Easley
July 10, 2005

We are playing "Bible Trivia" tonight! When you think you have the answer ... indicate it by raising your hand. Here we go! Question number one: How many books in the Bible have only one chapter? Question number two: What are the names of those one chapter books?

The answers: There are 5 one-chapter books in the Bible. They are: Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John and Jude. Very good! It is those 5 one-chapter books we're going to be looking at on these Sunday nights. And from them, we're going to be discovering some timeless truths ... some life-changing truths and you will not want to miss a single message!

We are going to begin tonight with the only one-chapter book in the Old Testament. So let's do this .... open your Bible to the Table of Contents and hopefully it has the books of the Bible listed alphabetically. They will make this a little easier. Go to the letter "O" where you will find the name "Obadiah." The shortest book in the Old Testament. Find the page number and turn there.

These 5 one-chapter books are similar to Emails on the internet: they get to the point! Better than a long letter is an Email! No long stories. No chasing rabbits. No rambling. Just the facts! They get to the point.

Well ... God has 5 Emails for us throughout the Bible. The tragedy is that they are often overlooked. So on these Sunday nights ... beginning with the book of Obadiah .. we're thinking under the general heading of EMAILS.COM.

The name "Obadiah" means "servant of the LORD." And it is through this "servant of the LORD" we learn about ..

The Mother of All Sins
Obadiah 1-4

Verse 1, "Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom .." So .. who was Edom and the Edomites? That sounds like a good name for a musical group: Edom and the Edomites. Well ... to better understand the book of Obadiah .. by way of introduction .. let's think for a moment about ..

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