Obadiah’s Prophecy Against Edom
“The history of God’s miraculous working in the affairs of Israel and Judah is the context for the prophecy of Obadiah, perhaps the first of several written prophecies later collected in Scripture. Little is known about Obadiah except that his name means ‘servant of God.’ Obadiah has two concerns: first, the haughty pride of the Edomites, and second, their quickness to aid those who would destroy Judah.
This matter is a particularly sensitive one to the descendants of Israel. It is important to remember that the Edomites are the descendants of Esau, with whom Jacob (Israel) had struggled for supremacy. In the centuries since the brothers themselves reconciled, there has been much friction between these nations.
Obadiah predicts that Edom will reap what it sows and will itself be brought to ruin. History will confirm the accuracy of the prediction. In addition to its immediate relevance, the prophecy stands as a warning to all enemies of God’s people, especially those who ought to be ‘brothers.'”
All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.