Pride Goes Before a Fall | Obadiah 1:1-4
Obadiah 1:1-4 The vision of Obadiah. This is what the Sovereign LORD says about Edom-- We have heard a message from the LORD: An envoy was sent to the nations to say, "Rise, and let us go against her for battle"-- "See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, 'Who can bring me down to the ground?'Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down," declares the LORD.
Okay, a little music memory rewind. Ready…remember cassettes? Remember eight-tracks? Okay, stretch…remember records? Remember those little 45’s with the big hole in the middle? On one side—“The A-side”—was the big hit song…the one you bought the record to play over and over and over until the record or needle wore out. On the other side—“The B-side”—was a lesser known song that didn’t get much air time. Not a song that you bought the record for, but one that you probably listened to once or twice, just to get your money’s worth. Well, we are getting ready to take a fascinating journey through the B-sides of Scripture. We are going to consider God’s inspired inerrant word found in the lesser known and seldom read books. Today we start with Obadiah. Been there lately?
If you are having a little trouble locating the book, don’t worry—it’s the shortest book in the Old Testament. The book is named after an obscure prophet whose name means “Servant of the Lord.” The theme of the book is straight and to the point: Edom is going to be destroyed because of its treatment of God’s people. The tension between the nations of Edom and Israel actually began in the womb. The Edomites were descendants of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. Esau was born first with Jacob grasping his heel. Later on, Esau sold his first-born rights to Jacob for some red stew. Because of that unthinkable transaction, Esau was given the name Edom—the Hebrew word meaning “red.” The Edomites and the Israelites (Jacob’s descendents) continued their struggle until God, fed up with Edom’s actions against Israel, said “No more!” As one writer says, “Obadiah is Edom’s day in court, complete with Edom’s arraignment, indictment, and sentence.”
So what do we learn from Obadiah? Put simply: Pride goes before a fall! The Edomites’ arrogance and cruelty against God’s people leads to their doom. Obadiah teaches us that even when it seems our enemy is winning, ultimately, God will always deliver His people. Now that’s a promise to hold on to!
Father, You are in control. You promise to protect your children. Your ways are not our ways and your timing is not always our timing; but thank you for the certainty that in the end you will bring us safely home. In Christ’s Name, Amen.