The Old Testament book of Obadiah has only one chapter but still teaches a powerful lesson. Obadiah’s prophecy focuses on the arrogance of the Edomites and reminds us that pride brings destruction.
The nation of Edom was an enemy of Isreal and had been for generations. While the Israelites were descendants of Jacob, the Edomites were descendants of Esau, and from the womb, these two brothers struggled (Genesis 25:22-26). The city of Edom was heavily fortified, carved into, and surrounded by stone mountains. The leadership and residents believed the city to be more powerful, secure, and easily defended than any other. Their pride led them to sin against God and brag about their superiority. Obadiah reminded them that God is far above any man, city, or nation.
In verse 2, Obadiah delivers God’s message, “Behold, I will make you small among the nations,” their pride would bring their destruction. In verse 3, Edom asks, “Who will bring me down to earth?” and God responds, “the arrogance of your heart has deceived you.” In the next verse, God clarifies that no one can escape His reach, saying, “Though you build high like the eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down.”
While pride may not be as bold in our lives as it was for Edom, pride still brings destruction (Proverbs 16:18). We are never out of God’s reach, we should never try to stand on our own without God in our lives, and we must always strive to live humbly focused on serving Him.