Obadiah, the Prophet of the Family Feud
Dr. Gerald Harris
There is really not very much background information which I can give you about either Obadiah, the man, or Obadiah, the book of prophecy. Obadiah means ''servant of the Lord.'' I have an idea that when he was a little boy his mother called him ''Obie.'' The prophecy which bears his name is concise and succinct. It is the shortest book in the Old Testament, consisting of only 21 verses.
I saw that Obadiah is the prophet of a family feud because he reports the conflict that existed between Edom and Israel. Israel and Edom had a conflict that raged for centuries similar to the conflict that raged between the Hatfield's and the McCoy's.
Now, in order to understand this prophecy you are going to have to understand a little bit about the history of Edom and the history of Israel. Of course, you know that in the Old Testament Israel was God's chosen people. God promised Abraham that he would be given a son and that his son would become the fountainhead of a great nation, a chosen people. So, Israel traces it's heritage back to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. You are somewhat familiar with the history of Israel. However, for our purposes in this message, I want us to focus a bit more upon Edom. The history of Edom is not quite as obvious to us. The first thing that I want us to do is to consider:
I. Edom's past
Now, in order to determine the identity of Edom, we need to go back to the book of Genesis. In Genesis 36, the descendents of Esau are listed (now, if you will remember, Esau was the twin brother of Jacob). Genesis 36 begins this way: ''Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.'' In Genesis 36:9, we are told that Esau was the father of the Edomites.
Do you remember when Rebecca was carrying these twins in those days before they were born? The Bible says that she was aware of the struggle that was in her. Turn to Genesis 25, for just a moment and let us consider verses 22 ...
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