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OBADIAH Judgement is pronounced Obadiahs oracle against Edom as sentenced by Yahweh Himself is severe and without hope for future restoration of this people Edoms crime and reason for judgement is explained by Obadiah in this sense you stood by on the day of your brothers captivity and rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction Edom has displeased God by their consistent violence and hatred for their brother Jacob Now Yahwehs judgement is passed and there is no hope of restoration This seems very contrary to the promise God gave Abraham in Genesis 177-9 Would God destroy the entire Edomite people from the face of the earth The Bible portrays the Edomites as descendants of Esau Gen 3619 They occupied the land of Edom also called Seir Gen 323 3620-21 30 Num 2418 Through it passed two major traffic routes the Kings Highway and the road along the Arabah After the Exodus Israel was denied passage through Edom via these major routes Shortly thereafter the Edomites in confederation with the Moabites and Ammonites raided Judah during Jehoshaphats reign 2 Chr 201-2 For these actions as well as others Edom finds itself at the words of Obadiah as he prophesies their judgement Although Obadiah is not related to as a prophet of God Obad 11 his purpose is clearly established as Gods mouth piece against Edom and later confirmed by his contemporary Jeremiah Jer 497-22 Obadiahs name means servantworshipper of Yahweh Thus giving him the known title many of Gods prophets operated under servant The fact also that there is no mention of a father for Gods servant is interesting in a time where most prophets were identified either by a notice of the period in which they prophesied their hometown or at least where the prophecies took place and their father or any combination of these leaves little for one to pin point
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