Obadiah (1) – Background – Edom

Bible Marking | by | Volume 29, Issue 2 | March - April 2023

The origins of the enmity
The book of Obadiah highlights the relationship between Edom and Israel, and the animosity of Edom towards their “brother” (1:10). However, this is not the first time we read of such a strained relationship between these brotherly nations. In fact, the enmity of Edom towards Israel starts much further back,.

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Obadiah (6)

We might wonder: what is the wisdom of Edom all about? How was this one of the characteristics seen in Esau, Edom, and Doeg? The wisdom here is not the wisdom of God. It is the wisdom that is described elsewhere as “fleshly wisdom” (2 Cor 1:12), “the wisdom of this world” (1 Cor 1:20; 2:6; 3:19), and “this wisdom [that] descendeth not from above” (James 3:15).

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