03 Key themes in the Book of Obadiah

What the book is about (revision):

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ – God’s true humiliated and vindicated.

  2. Our spiritual fathers – how they suffered and how God relieved and vindicated them.

  3. The spread of the Gospel to all the nations by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  4. The Justice of God.

  5. The particular wickedness of those who were close to the people of God, yet persecuted them.

  6. Caring for the sick and weak.

  7. The wickedness of malice and pride (boasting).

  8. Indifference to suffering – how the Second Commandment is broken through the sin of neutrality.

  9. Where family feuds, grudges and the profane spirit (living for the here and now) lead.

  10. Refuges outside of the true God will always let you down.

  11. God is sovereign over the nations.

  12. God intervenes in history to punish wicked nations.

  13. Gives us a picture of what a world set straight looks like.

  14. God uses individuals and nations as instruments of His purposes.

  15. Hurting God’s people is a very dangerous and stupid thing to do.

  16. God keeps His promises to protect His people and to bless the world through them.

  17. Shows us that the persecuted people of God are to be confident in His care for them even though they may feel neglected and hopeless.