SNAPSHOT OF OBADIAH
- Date: 835 BC (Assyrian Empire)
- Theme: Proud Edom is about to be punished.
- Key Verse(s): Obadiah 1:3-4 The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, you who live in the clefts of the rock, in the loftiness of your dwelling place, who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to earth?’ Though you build high like the eagle, though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis, visit fellowshipcleveland.com/the-other-guys and click on “The Bible Project Synopsis” for Obadiah.
Share with your group your most embarrassing moment.
Read Obadiah 1:1-21. What indictments and accusations does God bring against Edom?
What is the definition of pride?
What were the sources of Edom’s pride? Do you have pride in any of these things?
Read the following passages and note the history between Israel and Edom. How does their shared history inform your understanding of the relationship between the nations, and of God’s judgment in Obadiah?
- Genesis 25:21-26
- Genesis 25:27-34
- Genesis 27:30-36
- Genesis 27:41
- Genesis 36:1-8
- Numbers 20:14-21
- 1 Samuel 14:47
- 2 Samuel 8:14
C.S. Lewis said “Pride is the worst sort of sin because we hate it in others while simultaneously being unconscious of it in ourselves. Others smell the odor of our pride and are repulsed by it, but so often we are oblivious to our own stench.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
How does pride affect your relationship with others? With God?
Aaron said on Sunday that God gives you a choice—YOU can either deal with pride in your life, or God will deal with it for you. Below is a list of seven indications of pride* with a brief description of each. This week look over the list and pray for God to open your eyes to any of these subtle symptoms in you. Read Psalm 139:23-24, and ask Him to show you where you are being prideful.
- Fault-Finding: Seeing faults in others and not seeing God’s goodness in them.
- A Harsh Spirit: Speaking with contempt, irritation, frustration or judgment about others’ sin.
- Superficiality: Being more concerned with others’ perception of you than the reality of what is within your own heart.
- Defensiveness: Becoming frustrated or defensive when you feel challenged or rebuked.
- Presumption Before God: Forgetting Who God really is; not knowing Him well enough.
- Desperation for Attention: Seeing glory from people or from God.
- Neglecting Others: Gravitating or looking to associate with people of higher standing because it makes you feel or look more important.
*Jonathan Edwards, 18th century American revivalist preacher, philosopher, and theologian
Follow the reading plan for the Book of Jonah this week:
- Monday 7/2 1
- Tuesday 7/3 2
- Wednesday 7/4 3
- Thursday 7/5 4
- Friday 7/6 1-4
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Read the following passages and note what God says about pride and humility. Why do you think God hates pride? How can you cultivate humility in your life?
- Psalm 10:4
- Psalm 138:6
- Proverbs 11:2
- Proverbs 13:10
- Proverbs 15:25
- Proverbs 16:5
- Proverbs 16:18
- Isaiah 13:11
- Daniel 5:20
- Romans 12:3
- Romans 12:16
- Philippians 2:3-4
- James 4:6, 10