A report from the Lord

Obadiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Oba 1–2

To read the Bible in a year, read Obadiah on December 17, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

When the Lord reports, what is it like? For Edom, the report spoke of disaster. Obadiah recorded the words of the report:

The vision of Obadiah.
Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom
(We have heard a report from the LORD,
And a messenger has been sent among the nations, saying,
“Arise, and let us rise up against her for battle”

– Obadiah 1

You do not want to hear the Lord commanding His armies to rise up against you or your nation. Edom had become great, but that would change:

“Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You shall be greatly despised.”

– Obadiah 2

It happened even as the Lord commanded. Today, the ancient capital of Edom (Petra) is nothing more than a tourist attraction.

Do you want your nation or your church or your family to fall from grace and become small, becoming nothing more than a tourist trap for people to gaze at and wonder about its former glory? If not, work for the righteousness of your group.


  • Have you read the Book of Obadiah before?
  • Is the message of Obadiah as important as the message of Isaiah?

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