Obadiah Chapter 1

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Obadiah 1

1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?

6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.

8 Shall I not in that day, saith the Lord, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;

14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.

15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.

19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.

27 thoughts on “Obadiah Chapter 1

  1. 1 Obadiah’s Message to Edom from God, the Master. We got the news straight from God by a special messenger sent out to the godless nations: “On your feet, prepare for battle; get ready to make war on Edom! 2 “Listen to this, Edom: I’m turning you to a no-account, the runt of the godless nations, despised. 3 You thought you were so great, perched high among the rocks, king of the mountain, Thinking to yourself, ‘Nobody can get to me! Nobody can touch me!’ 4 Think again. Even if, like an eagle, you hang out on a high cliff-face, Even if you build your nest in the stars, I’ll bring you down to earth.” God’s sure Word. MSG

    Wow, this part of the chapter is telling us that God don’t like pride. Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
    It’s not about you(me) but its about what we do for the kingdom of God. When we start thinking and doing what we want and ingore what the man of God is telling us we are out of the covering and have a prideful attitude, God help me to do what you want me to do not what I (you) want to do. I believe when we get the attitude that nobody can touch us and we are better than others God will knock us down a link or so. If people get so high on themselves they will fall. I don’t want to ever be a stumbling block for anyone, I want to be able to love like Jesus loves and see people like Jesus sees people.

  2. PRIDE THE DECEIVER

    3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
    4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

    Pride is best described as intoxicating self confidence. A drunk thinks he can do anything while he is drunk and self intoxication makes an individual think that they can do anything and get by with it. Pride will be aggravated when corrected, pride sees no wrong in self (it is everyone else’s fault). Pride deceives into believing you can violate GOD’s plan, principals and authority.

    Pride looks down on others in their calamity. This will be judged by GOD.

    12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

    Pride will always reap what it has sown.

    15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

    The attitude and urgency that we follow with is the same that we will be followed by as we are promoted into Leadership. If selfish PRIDE DECEIVES you into believing you con over through authority, I encourage you to consider satan and his revolting exit from his PLACE. When we no longer value the PLACE that GOD gave us. He is quick to move us. Don’t allow PRIDE THE DECEIVER to knock you out of your PLACE in HIS Kingdom.

    Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

    PRIDE THE DECEIVER

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  3. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.

    Esau sold out his blessing. We can learn from this. Don’t sell yourself out to this world. We are foreigners to this world. This is not our home. Don’t sell out to this world. All this world has is nothing. God is everything.

  4. We see several examples of pride in this chapter, rejoicing in the falling, laughing when calamity arises in someone’s life. My prayer is that we can hate the sin, but not the sinner. Don’t allow pride to cause a stumbling block to someone that has fallen. People returning to God have enough condemnation to deal with, we as christians should be the first to lend a helping hand to lift up those that find themselves in the fallen state.

  5. It is never beneficial to participate in our own will over Gods will. I pray that the will of God would be done in our lives and we would be sensitive to hear His voice.

  6. Love at all times not only when it is convenient

    15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

    Yes, it is that simple what you do shall be done unto you. If you love, you will be loved. If you forgive, you will be forgiven. If you serve, you will be served. In the same way, if you harm someone or do ill against some one, the same will be done unto you. So choose to love at all times, to all, not just those who are kind, but also the lost, the vagabond, the abandoned, and the unloved. Do it not only because you want the same thing done to you but because that is the will of God; to love one another as He has loved us.

  7. GOD told HIS people that anyone who them touched the apple of HIS eye.
    Zechariah 2:8
    ( the eye one’s dearest possession)
    We are the apple of HIS eye.

    Keep me as the apple of the eye hide me under the shadow of thy wings
    Psalms 17:8

  8. 18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.

    I see two choices. We can burn here or burn there. Yet everyone will burn one day. If we are consumed with the Holy Ghost fire and allow his passion to drive us we will reach many!

    Or we can rebel and find the flames of eternity hotter than we ever imagined.

    I say let’s burn for Jesus here and set a fire that consumes all of fort worth and surrounding areas!

  9. 3 You have been deceived by your own pride because you live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains. ‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’ you ask boastfully.
    4 But even if you soar as high as eagles and build your nest among the stars, I will bring you crashing down,” says the Lord. (NLT)

    We must be humble with the blessings God has given us, not become deceived by our own pride, to think that we are so high and mighty. God will humble the proud no matter what He has to do to get their attention.

  10. 3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

    4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

    Pride is a very deceitful sin, most people who have a problem with pride will not even realize that is the problem. They think they cannot fall and never see things clearly. They do not see themselves as others see them. They always see themselves as victims and others as after them. These people will act as thou they have no problems in life when actually life is full of problems.
    We can find all of this in the scriptures.

    Proverbs 16:18
    18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

    Proverbs 29:23
    23 A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.

    Psalms 31:20
    20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

    Psalms 10:2
    2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.

    Psalms 10:4
    4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

    These are just a few scriptures that tell of the problems that arise from pride. We should always guard our hearts that pride never enters in and causes us the trouble that will arise from pride.
    The Lord knows how to bring down a prideful heart,

  11. 3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
    4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.

    The deception of pride is so subtle that it creates a false sense of safety & security. When the realization dawns on us that we’re not ok is when we need God & his people. This is when love & compassion is critical to a soul. Here the “golden rule” must come into play-how do we want to be welcomed & loved in God’s house when its us in the crisis?

  12. 3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

    4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.
    this passage reminds me of the Word of God says pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before fall… we should fall on the rock and be broken by the Lord because we don’t want the Lord to break us into submission… my mind is made up I will humble myself I don’t want God to have to humble me

  13. This chapter shows us how the Lord feels about pride. We have to guard our hearts not to allow ourselves to fall into this trap of deception. How we respond to others is the response we will receive. Lord help me to see through your eyes and respond with your loving mercy.

  14. 15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

    So what do we get, after we’ve done for God’s kingdom and for his glory? Of course we don’t do it just to receive something in return. But God does promise that he will give us something for our work that we have done for him.

    The Hebrew word for reward in this scripture is “gemul” which means a benefit, recompense or a “dealing” by one’s hand. So whatever we have done according to our works, he gives us a “dealing” from his own hand. Isn’t that amazing to think about? He could have just sent one of his Angels to go down to us and give us our reward because we aren’t holy enough to receive something from his very hands.

    But he decided he didn’t just want to be a distant God and he wanted to give it to us from his own very hands. Don’t you love it when someone gives you a gift, but it isn’t just a gift card or something they got at a store, but it was something they made themselves just for you? Well for every one of us that follows God faithful and sacrificially, he has made a gift specially for us and noone else.

    But beware as this can also be turned the other way, if the works you do are unfaithful to God then you shall receive likewise from the Lord. I dunno about you, but I would love to receive a treasured gift from our holy savior and creator of the universe!

  15. This chapter illustrates haughtiness. Their arrogance would be their demise; “as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head”. One must be mindful and prayerful that one does not become full of one’s self; “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge”. What a mighty God we serve! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

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    3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
    Pride comes before destruction. It appears that pride deceives the heart. So, if anyone is deceived than the root behind that deception is pride.

    The great antidote to pride is humility. Lets humble ourselves and God will bring the promotion.

  17. Offences against the anointed

    Obadiah 1:2
    Behold, I have made thee small among the nations:thou art greatly despised.

    Edom was judge for the crimes against the Jews. God sets judgements against those who do ill will to the children of God. Although evil may seem to prosper, they we be cut down either in this life or the next. Pray for those that try to hurt you or that even succeed in hurting you. God takes no pleasure in judging people to destruction. He takes pleasure in repentance.

  18. Edom’s Punishment

    1:15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen : as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
    The day of the Lord is pictured in Scripture as the time when God will judge the heathen.

  19. You have been deceived by your own pride because you live in a rock fortress and make your home high in the mountains. ‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’ you ask boastfully. (Obadiah 1:3 NLT)

    The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. (Psalms 10:4, 5 KJV)

  20. You Beter a Think Again!

    12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

    Several times in this passage it talks about how we should not be happy when bad things happen to others. When people loose relationship with God and man we are not to talk about it. When people lose relationship with God and man we are not supposed to happy or watch them to enable us gossip.

    We should always be positive and encouraging to our fellow man/believers. Thank you Jesus for all the extra chances that you give us.
    Nicole

    I’m so glad for a God’s mercy and if we see someone receiving God’s mercy that means that he is calling them back. We need to be thankful for all of God’s mercy. Don’t look at your brother’s nakedness, cover him up.
    Jessie

  21. The desendants of Esau, the Edomites, act heartlessly toward the descendants of Jacob, God’s people. They revel in Judah’s desctruction, loot Jerusalem and return to the conquering Babylonians those citizens of Judah who try to escape (vs 12-14). God willnot allow such behavior to go unpunished. Centuries earlier, he had promised Abraham (then Abram) : “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse” (Gen 12:3). While that blessing might have continued through the line of Abraham’s grandson Esau, it was instead transferred to the descendants of Jacob after Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of stew (Gen 25:29-34).
    Though his promise to Abraham had been made long before, God remembers it clearly- and honors it. God’s memory is perfect- and, in his perfect timing, he deals with those who commit injustices against his people.

  22. 15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

    We shall always reap what we sow. This chapter made think of how we should always keep in mind that law, and how the Lord protects his people. If He is correcting we should be really cautiious on how we treat or react to the ones being corrected. We should keep in mind that we too may be corrected from time to time.

    Proverbs 24:17-18 Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.

  23. Fighting For Family

    Obadiah 1:15-18 NLT The day is near when I, the Lord, will judge all godless nations! As you have done to Israel, so it will be done to you. All your evil deeds will fall back on your own heads. Just as you swallowed up my people on my holy mountain, so you and the surrounding nations will swallow the punishment I pour out on you. Yes, all you nations will drink and stagger and disappear from history. But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the people of Israel will come back to reclaim their inheritance. The people of Israel will be a raging fire, and Edom a field of dry stubble. The descendants of Joseph will be a flame roaring across the field, devouring everything. There will be no survivors in Edom. I, the Lord, have spoken!

    We are told to love what God loves and hate what God hates. It’s easy to apply this to the ideas of righteousness and sin, but what about a holy hatred for the devil? We cultivate love for God and souls, but what about hating the devil and all those evil minions of his? Seeing the presence of evil spirits should stir something up in us.

    When was the last time we got fighting mad over seeing a brother or sister taken down by some spirits they got tangled up in? God shows here a passionate response to those who have taken advantage of His people. We should likewise have a passionate response when the forces of evil try to rise up against God and His kingdom (our family.) Jesus doesn’t take it lightly when anyone or anything tries to mess with His family, and neither should we.

    The sight of evil should turn us to prayer as we take dominion and claim victory not only for us but for our family. We are in the midst of a war and if the church will not stand and battle, we can only expect casualties as those we say we love fall around us. A good while ago, I believe it was Bro Stark who spoke about “having each other’s 6” (guarding one another’s back) and it’s true. We must fight for our families and guard their weak spots. Love does not sit idly by but watches and prays and fights.

    2 Corinthians 10:4
    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds

    Psalm 116:15
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.

    Ephesians 6:10-18

    10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints

  24. 1. THE vision of O-ba-di’-ah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning E’-dom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. 2. Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised. 3. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? 4. Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

  25. You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor gloat over them in their calamity in the day of their disaster, nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster. (Obadiah 1:12, 13 NIV)

    Pray for those who do wrong and who have fallen. Who are we to say we are better than another when we have fallen just as hard in our pasts… When you’re in the storm you can not see as clearly as those who are watching from the outside. God reaches His hand to us let’s reach out to them

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