Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. Yet it contains a powerful message about the justice of the LORD God.
The Book is named for its author.
At least twelve men in the Old Testament men are named Obadiah.
Nothing is known of this particular author, except that his name means “Servant of Yah.”
The Bible gives us no facts about the timeframe of this Book.
There are three main theories as to the timeframe:
- During the reign of Jehoram (848-841 BC)
- During the reign of Ahaz (731-715 BC)
- Soon after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 586 BC.
The animosity between Edom and Israel is ancient, tracing back to the struggles between Jacob and Esau.
Many centuries later, Edom had done grave evils to Israel. Now the prophet Obadiah says the Edomites will reap what they had sown.
They will be destroyed. And plundered. And slaughtered.
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