1 The vision of Obadiah.
Edom Will Be Humbled 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!"
2 Behold, I will make you small among the nations; you shall be utterly despised.
3 The 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?"
4 Though you soar aloft like the eagle, though your nest is set among the stars, from there I will bring you down, declares the LORD.
5 If 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?
6 How Esau has been pillaged, his treasures sought out!
7 All 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.
8 Will I not on that day, declares the LORD, destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of Mount Esau?
9 And your mighty men shall be dismayed, O Teman, so that every man from Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.
Edom's Violence Against Jacob
10 Because of the violence done to your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever.
11 On the day that you stood aloof, on the day that strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.
12 But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress.
13 Do not enter the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; do not gloat over his disaster in the day of his calamity; do not loot his wealth in the day of his calamity.
14 Do not stand at the crossroads to cut off his fugitives; do not hand over his survivors in the day of distress.
The Day of the LORD Is Near
15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.
16 For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so all the nations shall drink continually; they shall drink and swallow, and shall be as though they had never been.
17 But in Mount Zion there shall be those who escape, and it shall be holy, and the house of Jacob shall possess their own possessions.
18 The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau stubble; they shall burn them and consume them, and there shall be no survivor for the house of Esau, for the LORD has spoken.
The Kingdom of the LORD
19 Those of the Negeb shall possess Mount Esau, and those of the Shephelah shall possess the land of the Philistines; they shall possess the land of Ephraim and the land of Samaria, and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 The exiles of this host of the people of Israel shall possess the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath, and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the Negeb.
21 Saviours shall go up to Mount Zion to rule Mount Esau, and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.
Things to think about…
1.Obadiah is the shortest book in the OT. It was written around 590BC when the Babylonians were in their campaign against Judah who refused to pay tribute. Edom, who represents Esau, Jacob (Israel's) twin brother should have known better than to be on the side of the Babylonians. God would now judge the Edomites, vss 2-9. They were Judah's blood relatives, yet they plundered Jerusalem after the Babylonians left. It's terrible when there are family feuds, it's even worse when neighbouring churches speak evil against one another. May we never be part of pulling other churches (our brothers in Christ) down, but promote unity, truth and grace.
2.Edom's day of judgement would come, vss 10-14. They should not stand back and gloat against Judah's misfortune. The Edomites did not obey vs 14. They actually handed over the people of Judah and tormented the remaining survivors who were left by raping and murdering. God's judgement would eventually come to Edom in the form of the Romans who destroyed the Edomites between 66-70AD.
3.The Lord promises to bless and restore Israel, vss 15-18. There shall be a remnant who escape and from them the Lord will restore the fortunes of Jacob, vs 17. Israel will return to the land and there will be no survivor of Edom. This prophecy has come true. Israel are back in their land and there is no land called Edom, vs 18.
4.The Israelites would control the land of Edom which was in the south around the dead sea leading toward the gulf of Aqaba which is now controlled by Israel, vss 19-21 but surrounded by land controlled by Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Where it says 'Saviours' in vs 21, this just means rulers or deliverers. They will be directed from Israel to rule over Edom. This fulfils the prophesy that Jacob would rule over Esau. This has come true of course. Much of the Arab Israeli conflict that goes on today of course is still the outworking of these judgements and prophesies. The only answer to true peace of course is by the One who is called the Prince of Peace whose government of peace will know no end, Is 9:6,7. Pray for the peace of Israel which can only be truly fulfilled if they acknowledge the true Messiah, Jesus Christ.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday's sermon "The Power of the tongue" came from James 3.
1.What words have defined you in both a positive and negative way as you grew up as a child?
2.James says right through his book that these Christians needed to guard their mouths. He actually says it is impossible to praise God and curse your brother. Salt water and fresh cannot flow from the one spring. Discuss the passage. How does it speak to you?
3.Jay mentioned "the Slippery Slope" on Sunday from Ken Sande's book "The Peacemaker". We tend to be either Peace-Fakers, Peace-Breakers and Peace-Makers. Discuss the 'Slippery Slope". Jay mentioned that Christians tend to fall towards Peace-Faking. Why is this generally the case?
4.What is the remedy to appropriate communication within the church. Discuss Mt 5:21-24 and Mt 18:15, 16.
5.Pray for the church prayer points.
1.Continue to pray for Tad's brother Andrew in hospital. Andrew is very weak, he is being moved to the PA today.
2.Our Community events – once a month on a Sunday in place of the Axiom evening service at church. First one at Chapters on the 23rd Feb – around 4:30pm.
3.Please continue to pray CBC's Mallacoota bushfire appeal. More exciting news this Sunday about what the Lord has done with our money thus far. Praise God for "Cowboy" and how we have helped his situation.
4.Christine Denning's mum recovering from a broken femur. Pray as she rehabilitates.
5.Ministry planning and events calendar for this year.
6.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
7.Sunday's message on Mal 3 "Money's too tight to mention" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- "Let's talk about the weather"- Jay.
8.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
9.Church finances to meet our expenses.
10.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Praise God for the rain (if you are on the east coast of Australia). It is expected to head to Victoria this week where some fires are still burning.
2.More visitors on Sunday – pray as they settle into CBC. Please continue to welcome them and get to know them as you can.
3.New Website being finished this week – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.
4.Recharge and Kids@Church ministries blessed over the weekend – thankyou leaders. New kids and youth in both ministries.
5.CBC's Mallacoota appeal David Jeffrey of Mallacoota, over $2000 has been raised – thankyou CBC.
6.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.Hawkins - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.
2.1st Community gathering – At Chapters café Karalee 4:30pm Sun 23rd Feb.
3.Member's meeting – A celebration of God's grace over CBC – Sun 23rd February after morning service. Open invitation – all welcome.
4.Bushfire appeal – no target has been set but CBC will be raising money towards fireys and bush fire victims. You can donate directly through our "Give" tab on the website http://www.chuwarbaptist.com/give . Label your offering "Bushfire appeal"
5.Kids@Church and Recharge parents.– Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Rod Rawiru. Lesson :- Journey to Mars 3 Psalm 119:105. Younger Group:-.Leader:- Maddison Willey, Assistant:- Helen Hawkins. Lesson:-Long Necked GiraffeP 20
6.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Pool party at Bakers – details will be sent to all parents this week. Meet at church 7pm and we will travel together so everyone knows where we are going and where to pick their kids up.
February's catechism question...
Question. 9. Question:- What do we pray for in the second petition?
Answer. "That the gospel may be preached in all of the world, and believed and obeyed by us and all men"
Bible Reference – Matt. 28:19-20; John 17:20-21; Acts 8:12; Acts 28:30-31; 2 Thess. 3:1.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3