Obadiah: What to Do on Your Enemy’s Worst Day
Everyday Prophets | January 31, 2021
Obadiah 1a (CEB)
1a The vision of Obadiah. The Lord God proclaims concerning Edom…
What are the sins Obadiah warns about?
Obadiah 3-4 (CEB)
3 Your proud heart has tricked you—you who live in the cracks of the rock, whose dwelling is high above. You who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” 4 Though you soar like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, I will bring you down from there, says the Lord. They lived in the cliff, high in the rocks, secure and safe.
- Pride in your position
Obadiah 10-12 (CEB)
10 Because of the slaughter and violence done to your brother Jacob, shame will cover you, and you will be destroyed forever. 11 You stood nearby, strangers carried off his wealth, and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem; you too were like one of them. 12 But you should have taken no pleasure over your brother on the day of his misery; you shouldn’t have rejoiced over the people of Judah on the day of their devastation; you shouldn’t have bragged on their day of hardship.
- Pleasure overyour enemy’s failure.
Obadiah 13-14 (CEB)
13 You shouldn’t have entered the gate of my people on the day of their defeat; you shouldn’t have even looked on his suffering on the day of his disaster; you shouldn’t have stolen his possessions on the day of his distress. 14 You shouldn’t have waited on the roads to destroy his escapees; you shouldn’t have handed over his survivors on the day of defeat.”
- Profit from your enemy’s fall.
How do we guard against these sins?
- Remember the “Day of the Lord”.
Obadiah 15-16 (CEB)
15 The day of the Lord is near against all the nations. As you have done, so it will be done to you; your actions will make you suffer! 16 Just as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so will all the nations around you drink; they will drink and swallow quickly, and they will be like they’ve never been before.
- Only Jesus is just and merciful enough to judge.
- Remember the Lord of the Day.
- Instead of pride in His position, Jesus came to serve.
- Instead of taking pleasure in our failure, Jesus had compassion on us.
- Instead of profiting from our demise, Jesus died for our gain.