The smallest Old Testament account, the Book of Obadiah is a vision written by The Lord's prophet known as Obadiah, who prophesied against Israel's relative nation Edom.
The Edomites, who were descended from Jacob's brother Esau, still carried the grudge their founder had for Jacob's deception. Worse, Esau's nation hated Israel even more. They refused to help Israel in their need, sold them as slaves, and even abused them while they were exiled to Babylon.
Through Obadiah, God declares judgment over Edom and prophesies that they will be erased from history. Babylon overtook Edom 100 years later, never to recover again.
Esau’s jealousy over Jacob stealing his birthright carries over to their lines of descendants – the nations Israel and Edom – even though Esau had forgiven Jacob.
Instead of helping their relatives, Edom gloats over Israel’s exile, enslaving their refugees and encouraging Jerusalem’s destruction. But God’s judgment will pay for their wrongs.
All Nations Judged
Edom’s not the only nation who will receive God’s judgment – all godless nations who have wronged the innocent will be punished for taking advantage, too.
In contrast to Edom’s pride and fall, Israel will be restored after exile. This includes the reconstruction upon their return and the future New Jerusalem.
Edom Brought In
Can Esau’s descendants repent and receive God’s forgiveness? Yes! Even they are included in God’s new kingdom if they repent and believe in His Messiah.