The little nation of Edom, founded by Esau, is the subject of this little book of prophecy. Verse 6 is the key verse:
But how Esau will be ransacked, is hidden treasures pillaged! (NIV)
The words “ransacked” and “pillaged” give you a clue as to Edom’s future. It didn’t have one. Edom was a vile, wicked nation that was facing God’s ultimate judgment and His wrath. There was no hope for Edom; the die had been cast, and it was up to Obadiah, the prophet, to bear the bad news.
The first verse of the prophecy serves as a sort of summary statement of the first section of it:
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, let us go against her for battle”— (Obadiah, verse 1 NIV)
In this verse…
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