Today's Lectionary Text
The vision of Obadiah.
Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom:
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever referenced Obadiah until today. Now, the next book, Jonah, I’ve known since I was little.
So, in this shortest book in the Old Testament, we hear the vision of Obadiah, that is helpful to hear with the backstory.
The political relationship between Edom and Judah was full of animosity and hostility. The Edomites were descendants of Esau (from Jacob and Esau story) in Genesis. In Exodus, Israelites were not allowed entry in Edom when fleeing from Egypt and wandering to the Promised Land. When the kingdom of Israel was divided, Edom joined in setting fire to the Jerusalem Temple and helped in the destruction. Edomites moved to South Palestine, later King Herod came from this group.
We are all a part of bigger story, outside of ourselves, our families, and even in this time and space of this history. When there are words and animosities, there is a greater story that can give witness to why we say what we say. We are called to prophets to not speak to the fear but to cast a greater vision.
Hear the greater vision that Obadiah had for 6 BCE and for today: God will save God’s people. God of Israel was not defeated and will manifest God’s power in history.
Today, take a moment to ponder where we are in the greater story and set a vision for people to set their eyes not on fear but of God’s faithfulness.
Prayer: O Sovereign Lord, in a world full of fear, give us grace to know who you are and who you call us to be. Help us to know our stories and proclaim that you are God who saves God’s people. Amen.
Rev. Nicole Conard
Young Adult Leadership & Campus Ministries Coordinator
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