Name means Servant of Yahweh. We don’t know anything about him.
Edom is convinced that they will never face judgment for their sins against Judah, particularly those that happened when Jerusalem was destroyed by Babylon. The Lord says their destruction will be total, and that the land of Edom will be the Lord’s.
Target: Mostly about Edom, but it reflects on redemption for Judah
- Contemporary of Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.
- The book takes place after the Destruction of Jerusalem.
Famous verses and fragment: 5
Verses 1-4 – Introduction
- Can you think of other books that talk about Judgment on Edom?
- Vv 3-4 What reasons did Edom have for confidence?
Verses 5-9 – Thoroughness of the Judgment
- What would happen at their judgment? How total would it be? What of their defenses would fail?
- How do you destroy an incredibly strong defense? Betrayal
- Babylon, Arabs, Nabataeans, Selucids, Jews, Romans
Verses 10-14 – Reasons for the Judgment
- Brotherhood with Israel/Jacob – even after so many generations? What of earlier history?
- Vv 12-14 Eight “you should not have” – Why this literary device?
Verses 15-16 – The Day of the Lord
- What does “the Day of the Lord” mean here?
Verses 17-21 – Salvation for Israel
- Is there any hope for Edom?
- What hope is there for Israel/Judah?
- Calvin: “Now it is certain that this prophecy has never been completed…” What then?
- Why does the book end with “And the Kingdom shall be the Lord’s?”
- Spiritually, what does this book teach Christians today?