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from Obadiah.

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Beth McLendon


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This week :  An  - easy- Bible study

Let's gain insights from a

very short book of the Bible.



This week we will look at the short book of Obadiah.

The Book of Obadiah

Obadiah is a prophet of God.

Obadiah reveals

God's thoughts on the people of Edom.

Obadiah explains that
God is angry at the people of Edom
they were rejoicing over the hardships
that were
befalling Jerusalem.


The Edomites were the descendants of Esau. 

Esau was the twin brother of Jacob.

Esau and Jacob were
sons of Isaac and grandsons of Abraham. 


The video below is a great

overview and commentary of the book of Obadiah.

This page continues with

more information

that will help you understand more about

this Bible story and about God.

Tuesday's video is geared for adults AND children.

If you are an adult,

please do not skip this video for children.

 It will help you to gain information

AND it will help inspire you to teach young ones

more about God.


The Bible book of Obadiah

Obadiah tells us that:

The people of Edom should have not have

rejoiced in the suffering of  their distant relatives

in Jerusalem. They should not have 

participated in making their problems worse. 

Tips for talking to children are found

below the next video.

Consider explaining to children

that when God gives all these harsh prophecies

about the people of Edom -

those prophecies were to the people as a whole -

but as individuals,

they could pray to God, repent, and get right with God. 


Even the nation of Edom could have had their destiny

changed if they had repented and started serving God....

God is a forgiving God.

We see God doing just that

in the example below.

For example -

In the book of Jonah, we learn that God sent the prophet Jonah to Nineveh to tell them that God was going to destroy them.

When Jonah told the people of Nineveh

God's message of destruction,

the people of Nineveh sincerely repented

of their sins,

so God did not destroy them.

Instead he blessed them.

(God is willing to save a nation if they repent and turn to him.)

An example of God dealing with an individual -

When God destroyed the town of Jericho,

there a woman who lived there

who wanted to serve the one true God

She helped the people of God.

Her name was Rahab.

God saved Rahab and her family

from the destruction that he gave to Jericho.

(God is willing to save a person if he or she repents and sincerely tries to follow God. )

Below I explain how

Rahab came to know about the One True God...

Also consider my page on Psalm 136

which discusses this. 


(and all those who weren't following God)

had heard about the True God.

Rahab knew of the True God and wanted to follow him.

The Scripture below explains.

Joshua 2:9-11 says,

"And she [Rahab]  said unto the men,

I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and

your terror is fallen upon us, and

that all the inhabitants of the land faint

because of you.

For we have


how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you,

when ye came out of Egypt;

and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites

that were on the other side Jordan,

Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

And as soon as we had heard these things,

our hearts did melt,

neither did there remain any more courage in any man,

because of you:

For the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above,

and in earth beneath."


KNEW about God


wanted to follow him.

God blessed Rahab

by putting her in the lineage of Jesus.

Rahab's son was Boaz.

Boaz's son was Jesse.

Jesse's son was David.

And on to Jesus.

From the Scripture above,

we see that the peoples of the region

were in awe of God

because of the defeat of the Egyptian Pharaoh,


because of the destruction of Sihon and Og.


Those rulers were impressive kings,

and their defeat

got the attention

of the other people groups in the area.


Below we have another EASY video about this book.

This video has some new insights and it also

solidifies the information

that we have gotten so far.


Today we have highlights of the

Bible book of Obadiah.


Verse 3 -

The arrogance and pride in their heart deceived the

people of Edom.

The Edomites lived in a high elevation, and they thought of themselves as better than others.

Pride comes before a fall. *

( * Proverbs 16:18)

Obadiah is predicting the fall.

Verse 10 -

You, Edomites, were violent to your brother Jacob's


Verse 11 -

You, Edomites, stood and watched Jerusalem's


You even participated in it.

Verse 12 -

You gloated and you rejoiced about their misfortunes.

You spoke arrogantly.

Verse 13 -

You looked with delight at their calamity and their ruin.

You joined in the looting.

Verse 14  -

When people tried to escape Jerusalem to run

for their lives,

you people of Edom joined in to make sure that

none escaped.

You imprisoned their survivors.

Verse 15 - 

What you have done will be done to you.

Verse 18 -

The descendants of Jacob will survive as a people 

to the end of time.

Eventually Edom will become ruins.

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