The LORD says to Edom,
"I will cut you down to size among the nations;
you will be greatly despised.
You have been deceived by your own pride."
In 1977, Debbie Boone sang "You Light Up My Life." In 1995, the group Los del Rio recorded the hit "Macarena." In 2000, Baha Men topped the charts with "Who Let the Dogs Out?"
What do all these performers have in common? They were one-hit wonders. The minor prophets have a lot in common with them. They aren't known for their inferiority but their brevity. With only twenty-one verses, Obadiah is the shortest of these minor prophets.
We know the meaning of Obadiah's name is "servant of the Lord" or "worshiper of the Lord." However, we know nothing about Obadiah's parents, his hometown, or his friends.
Rather than penning a hit, however, this one-hit-wonder prophet wrote on an unpopular subject: God's judgment. Specifically, he wrote about the coming judgment of Israel's neighbor, the country of Edom. The Edomites had mistreated the Jews and become full of self-reliant pride. They believed their land was impenetrable and invulnerable to attack.
God hates pride, and clearly Edom was a cocky, godless nation. The Lord didn't punish Edom immediately-in fact, the country even thrived for a while. Ever patient, God waited hundreds of years before executing his judgment.
Which tune do you sing? What message are you known for? Be consistent as you faithfully serve the living God. As you do so, you will remind people of a God who loves them but one day will intervene in human history to judge the world.
In His strong love,