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!