Edom was proud of its accomplishments, but in the long run, God would bring her down. Whether they are a nation, a business, a church, or a family, those in positions of authority should not be overly self-assured. Anyone who disobeys and defies God will also be destroyed for their pride, just as Edom was.
Obadiah is the shortest book of the Bible. It is titled The Vision of Obadiah as it prophesies the judgment to fall on the nation of Edom. The Edomites were descendants of Esau which made them related to the children of Israel (Genesis 25:19-27:45). Because of Edom's defiance of God, their pride, and how they treated Judah, disaster would come unto them.
In verse 3:
Edom was the southern neighbor of Judah, and its capital was Petra, which was a city cut into the cliff of a solid rock. It was considered impenetrable due to the only way in was through a narrow canyon. The Edomites were proud of how secure they felt in their city, their self-sufficiency, their wealth, their allies, and their wisdom, but this would cause them to be brought down. They only fooled themselves.
Those that have a favorable opinion of themselves are adept to think that others appreciate them as well; but they will be mistaken. God can make low those that have amplified and lifted up themselves. What Edom says in the pride of their heart, talks with their very own certainty quality, and a hatred of God's decisions, as though the intensity of the Almighty could not overwhelm them.
Pride of heart is the disposition of an existence that announces its capacity to live without God. Pride is and will always destroy Christians which will make them of no use for the service of God. They are all in it for the show. Remember the Pharisee and the Publican. The Pharisee was showing off, look at what I am not, look at what I do, and look at what I have (Luke 18:11). Satan was proud and it was his downfall (Isaiah 14:13-15). Nebuchadnezzar was proud and look at what happened to him (Daniel 4:30-32).
In verse 4:
The Bible declares the route to self-destruction is pride (Proverbs 16:18). The judgment on Edom was to bring about justice. To anyone that believes “who shall bring me down?” God’s reply is, “I will.” Just like the way the nation of Edom and the city of Petra fell, people with pride in their hearts will fall. Humility is more secure than pride.
What is the first one? Pride!
Many Christians have pride in their race, pride of face (social standing), and pride of grace (proud of being saved). Salvation should not make us proud. It is a free gift offered to everyone. Grace is given to those who are humble.
Other Scripture regarding pride:
When we try to run our lives, we put ourselves in the place of God. How many try to run their lives without God, as if they do not need Him? That is pride. That is sin and it is fatal. Do not let pride control us. We must recognize when pride tries to set in and push it back out the door. Pray to God to help us defend against proudness of heart.
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