Presentation on theme: "Obadiah: A Message of God’s Justice January 20. What do you think? What are some characteristics of a person who is a victim? The people of Judah were."— Presentation transcript:
What do you think? What are some characteristics of a person who is a victim? The people of Judah were victimized by the people of Edom at a vulnerable point in Judah’s history. – Obadiah prophesied against Edom, against a people who victimized others. – Today we consider how we treat victims in our culture … including victims of abortion.
Listen for what would happen to Edom Obadiah 1:1-4 (NIV) The vision of Obadiah. 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, and let us go against her for battle"--  "See, I will make you small among the nations; you will be utterly despised.
Listen for what would happen to Edom  The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rocks and make your home on the heights, you who say to yourself, 'Who can bring me down to the ground?'  Though you soar like the eagle and make your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down," declares the Lord.
A Nation’s Attitude What was the command given in verse 1? What would happen to Edom’s pride? The Edomites and the Israelites shared an old, negative family history. How do longtime family problems affect the spiritual health of the Christian church? How do churches sometimes show pride and overconfidence with regard to other churches.
A Nation’s Attitude How do churches sometimes show pride and overconfidence with regard to culture? What happens when we do nothing but wring our hands and shake our heads in despair? What part can you and I have in how our country behaves?
Listen for what happens on the “day of the Lord.” Obadiah 1:10-15 (NIV) Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever.  On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.  You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune,
Listen for what happens on the “day of the Lord.” nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.  You should not march through the gates of my people in the day of their disaster, nor look down on them in their calamity in the day of their disaster,
Listen for what happens on the “day of the Lord.” nor seize their wealth in the day of their disaster.  You should not wait at the crossroads to cut down their fugitives, nor hand over their survivors in the day of their trouble.  "The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
A Nation’s Failure to Act What bad attitudes did Edom have? How had Edom shown aggressiveness? According to verses 15 and 16, how would God judge all rebellious nations?
A Nation’s Failure to Act The Edomites were indifferent to Judah’s plight. To what problems of our culture are we sometimes indifferent? How can believers demonstrate value to lives that even believers sometimes devalue by this indifference?
Listen for a message of hope. Obadiah 1:17-18 (NIV) But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance.  The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume
Listen for a message of hope. it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau." The Lord has spoken. Obadiah 1:21 (NIV) Deliverers will go up on Mount Zion to govern the mountains of Esau. And the kingdom will be the Lord's.
A Nation’s Hope How would Israel be delivered? What would the Lord establish? What do these verses teach us about God’s sovereignty?
A Nation’s Hope What should these truths about God declare to people today … whether a victim or an arrogant rebel against God? Suppose you take an active role in confronting injustice. Why is it important to have an ongoing close relationship with God? VictimArrogant Rebel
Application God has always worked through the course of human history to … – judge evil – discipline individuals and nations – restore His people Be aware that God will act in judgment on the presumptuous and arrogant. – Ask God to show you areas of your life where you think you are invincible and surrender them to Him … declare your dependence on His power and strength
Application God will not tolerate violent, destructive behavior against His people … against any peoples suffering abuse by others. – God will also judge indifference towards the plight of others. – Ask God to convict you concerning attitudes of indifference or animosity towards people in need
Application God offers hope and sends deliverers to help His people when they face opposition – The greatest deliverer is Jesus, our Savior. – Thank God today for deliverance from the penalty and the power of sin. – Tell others how you have been set free … and so can they.