Friday, June 22, 2012

Bible Study: How NOT To Treat A Brother - A Study of Obadiah (Part III)


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Obadiah, although they are a bit better formatted than some former efforts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, spring 2009, things are looking pretty bleak with the economy and unemployment, natural disasters, and godly principles of living being disregarded. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Stay strong. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor the Old Testament book of Obadiah once again. It’s still only one chapter. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

11 – Because Edom stood by and watched Jerusalem be pillaged and destroyed, God sees Edom as like those who attacked Jerusalem!

LESSON – EDOM STOOD BY AND WATCHED HIS BROTHER BE DESTROYED. EDOM DIDN’T DEFEND HIS BROTHER.

12 – Edom shouldn’t rejoice in his brother’s misfortune.

Memorize Proverbs 24:17 – “Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice.”

Ezekiel 35:15 is a supporting prophecy against Edom.

Proverbs 17:5 argues that this behavior shows contempt for God.

Look down – haughty, superior.

Judah – kingly line.

LESSON – EDOM REJOICED IN HIS BROTHER’S MISFORTUNE. EDOM WAS HAUGHTY.

13 - Edom shouldn’t march on his brother’s cities on their day of trouble.

Edom shouldn’t look down on them and seize their wealth.

14 – Edom shouldn’t lie in wait to cut down fugitives.

Edom shouldn’t hand over Israelite survivors to their enemies.

15-21 – Edom’s judgment will come at the hands of Israel. Poetic justice.

15 – Judgment Day is coming soon. Joel 2:28-32 speaks of the Day of the Lord. Amos 5:18 says it will be a day of darkness.

As you’ve done to others, it will be done to you.




• The book of Obadiah teaches much about how NOT to treat our brothers and sisters. What have you learned about how you SHOULD treat others today?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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