Because of the violence against your brother Jacob, you will be covered with shame; you will be destroyed forever. Obadiah 1:10
Obadiah’s prophecy against Edom predicts the certain doom that awaits this country that was judged because of her pride in rejoicing over the misfortunes that befell Jerusalem and the trouble it brought on it’s brother Israel. From the womb there was tension between Esau and Jacob. This conflict did not stop through their descendants for over a thousand years. We see it when Israel becomes a nation and their request to pass through Edom on their way to the Promised Land is rejected causing Israel to have to take the long way around Edom. It continued through fighting with King Saul, then King David, and opposition against Solomon, Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram. Obadiah predicts that Edom will reap what it sows, and will be brought to ruin which is confirmed through history. Obadiah’s prophecy stands as a warning to the enemies of God’s people, especially those who ought to be brothers.