Obadiah vv 1-9
1The vision of Obadiah. Thus says the Lord GOD concerning Edom: We have heard a report from the LORD, and a messenger has been sent among the nations: “Rise up! Let us rise against her for battle!”
2Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised. 3The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwelling, who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” 4Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the LORD.
5If thieves came to you, if plunderers came by night — how you have been destroyed! — would they not steal only enough for themselves? If grape gatherers came to you, would they not leave gleanings? 6Esau has been pillaged, his treasures sought out!
7All your allies have driven you to your border; those at peace with you have deceived you; they have prevailed against you; those who eat your bread have set a trap beneath you — you have no understanding. 8Will I not on that day, declares the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of Mount Esau? 9And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman, so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter. (ESV)
Two things that kindled God’s wrath against Edom:
- They did not want to accept God’s sovereign order – they wanted to be god.
- They rejected God’s entire Law – to love the LORD and their neighbour.