We come back to looking at the books of the Minor Prophets. This week its Obadiah’s turn… which sort of reminds me of a man with a big beard. His name actually means ‘one who serves Yahweh (God)’.
Essentially the book is promising judgement to all those nations who oppose God and his people. While God's people (who have already experienced judgement) will receive restoration from God.
It is a promise for all of God's people. It points us all towards the final end of time when God will make all things new and all the injustices will be righted. It is a promise for all of us that ultimately God is in charge and his will is the only thing that counts. The book of Obadiah points towards what God is doing in all of history.
It’s well worth reading.
As the old TV or Radio saying goes “we interrupt our normal transmission to bring you this important announcement”. I want to leave the series I have been blogging on (the Minor Old Testament Prophets) to draw your attention to one particular item.
That item, is this week’s Congregational meeting. It’s a biggie.
At that meeting we will focus on the Mission Plan (the spiritual life of the church) and then a proposed building plan (the physical life of the church).
These two things will have a significant impact on our present and future life as a church. With this in mind I strongly encourage you to be in attendance and hear with your own ears what is being proposed. It’s to be held this Sunday, the 22nd May, at 12.15 pm.
I am really excited as to what the possibilities are and what God is dong among us! See you there!
As we continue our Minor Prophets series we could almost print the entire book of Obadiah here!
When the city of Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians (587BCE) the neighbouring nation of Edom joined in the pillaging and murder. They were actually blood relations with the Israelites (descendants of Esau). Obadiah rebukes the Edomite’s for their appalling behaviour and pronounces God’s judgement upon them. But for Israel there is a wonderful promise that God is still involved in their life and what’s more God will restore their fortunes. They are not out of God’s loving heart.
We too, all experience loss and hardships in our lives and it can hurt deeply. Again and again the bible reminds us of God’s unfailing love for us. This book is a good reminder for all of us that we have a great and merciful God who loves us and desires our best. It's great news!