I'll admit, I'm one of those Christians (and ministers) who have neglected Obadiah. This 21 verse book just seemed to be a book of a prophesy that would never benefit me (with the exception of my love for history). Whitworth really brings out the importance of this great book in a way that anyone can read and understand.
Whitworth breaks the book of Obadiah into 4 sections (Obadiah 1-9, 10-14, 15-18, 19-21). These are natural "breaks" in the prophesy given in Obadiah. Not only does Whitworth deal with what is specifically mentioned in Obadiah, but he gives a summary of the history and background of the Edomites. This helps the reader understand the book of Obadiah more thoroughly.
The Edomites major sins were their pride and their celebration of the fall of their their "kindred nation" who due to certain circumstances had become, in their eyes, an enemy. Whitworth points out that at times we are not different; we too celebrate the death and destruction of our "enemies". Whitworth states in the Epilogue, "Such a fate is a warning, not only to anyone daring to stand against God, but also to those who take joy in others' suffering and failure".
I highly recommend this book. It has helped me understand the book of Obadiah more. I can see myself preparing a lesson and maybe an article on this book in the near future.
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As always remember 1 Peter 2:21: “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.”
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