Obadyah[i] 15 “For the day of Yehovah[ii] is near upon all the gentiles. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your reward shall come back on your own head.”
The book of Obadiah is very short, but in it we find this powerful word. Yehovah gave this message to Obadyah concerning one great enemy of Yisra’el, Esaw[iii]. Esau was the brother of Ya’aqov. Although he was the firstborn, Yehovah chose his brother Ya’aqov to receive the firstborn blessing. You may have read the account of his birth and subsequent problems with His brother Ya’aqov.
Bereshith 25:21-23 And Yitschaq prayed to Yehovah for his wife, because she was barren. And Yehovah answered his prayer, and Rivqah his wife conceived.
22 And within her the children struggled together, and she said, “If all is right, why am I this way?” So she went to ask Yehovah.
23 And Yehovah said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples shall be separated from your body. And one peoples shall be stronger than the other, and the older serve the younger.”
In these few verses we notice that Yehovah is all knowing, and before we are born He already knows how we will leave our lives.
Tehillim 139:13-16 For You, You possessed my kidneys , you have covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I give thanks to You, for I am awesomely and wondrously made! Wondrous are Your works, and my being knows it well. 15 My bones were not concealed from You, When I was shaped in a hidden place, knit together in the depths of the earth. 16 your eyes saw my unformed body, and in your Book all of them were written, the days they were formed, while none was among them.
Yehovah has books in Heaven about our lives. There is the Book of the Living, (Tehillim 69:28, and we read in Tehillim 139:16.
In this book are written all our works, or the things we do in this life.
Next is the Book of Tears, Tehillim 56:8. Finally we read about the
Book or Remembrance.
Mal’akhi[viii] 3:16-17 Then shall those who revere Yehovah speak to one another, and Yehovah listen and hear, and a book of remembrance be written before Him, of those who revere Yehovah, and those who think upon His Name.
There is special reward for those who think, or meditate and speak His Name.
17 “and they shall be Mine,” said Yehovah of hosts, “on the day that I prepare a treasured possession. And I shall spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.
All those who refuse to speak of Him by using His Name Yehovah will not get the reward.
And now let us continue to our message. We have read that Esaw is the brother I Ya’aqov, but even though is the elder, Yehovah did not chose him, but chose his younger brother Ya’aqov. If we continue to read the Scriptures we learn that Esaw did not care about His birth right and sold it for a bowl of lentils. (Bereshith 25: 29:34)
However when the Yitschaq was old he talked with Esaw and asked him to prepare him his favored dish, for he would bless him. (Bereshith 27:1-4).
But Rivqah heard him and knowing the Prophetic Word she made sure that Ya’aqov would receive the birthright blessing. So Ya’aqov lied to his father saying he was Esaw in order to get the blessing, and he did get it! (Bereshith 27: 5-29)
Amazingly Esaw now forgot that he did not care about his birthright, and got mad at his brother because he got the blessing! He became so mad that made treats to kill him. (Bereshith 27:41)
Because of Esaw’s attitude Ya’aqov’s parents sent him away to his uncle Lavan for fear that his brother would kill him. We can see that Esaw eventually reconciled with Ya’aqov. Please read Bereshith 32. However, Esaw’s descendants for some reason hated Israel.
Obadyah 16-18 “For as you have drunk on my qodesh mountain, so do all the gentiles drink continually. And they shall drink and shall swallow, and they shall be as though they had never been.”
17 “But on Mount Tsiyon[ix] there shall be a remnant, and they shall be qodesh. And the house of Ya’aqov shall be a fire, and the house of Yoseph a flame, but the house of Esaw for stubble. And they shall burn among them and they shall consume them so that no survivor is left of the house of Esaw.” For Yehovah has spoken.
The spirit of hate against the Chosen People is alive among the Gentiles. Great wars are going to be fought, but Israel will survive, for Yehovah does not forget the Covenant He made with Avraham, Yitschaq, and Ya’aqov.
The father’s blessing.
Bereshith 27:28-29 His father’s blessing: “See the smell of my son is like the smell of a field which Yehovah has barak.[x]And Elohim give you of the dew of the shamayim, of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine. 29 ‘let people serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those cursing you, and barukh[xi] be those berakhah[xii] you.
Bereshith 28:12-16 And he dreamed and saw a ladder standing on the earth, and its top reached to the shamayim, and saw messengers of Elohim going up and coming down on it. 13 And see, Yehovah stood above it and said, “I am Yehovah Elohim of Avraham you father and the Elohim of Yitschaq. The land on which you are lying, I give it to you and your seed. 14”and your seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and you shall break forth to the west and to the east, to the north and the south. And all the clans of the earth shall be barukh in you and in your seed. 15 “And see, I am with you and shall guard you wherever you go, and shall bring you back to this land. For I am not going to leave you until have done what I have spoken to you.”
1-Yehovah makes a covenant with Avraham
Bereshith 12:1-3 And Yehovah said to Avram, “Go yourself out of your land, from your relatives and from your father’s house, to a land which I show you. 2 “And I shall make you a great nation, and barakh you and make you name great, and you shall be a berakhah! 3 ‘And I shall barakh those who barakh you, and curse him who curses you. And in you all the clans of the earth shall be barukh.”
Yehovah blesses those who bless Israel. It is foolish to curse them by trying to destroying them. There is no good reward for those who hate them. Life is too short to hate anyone. Let us be wise and love people instead of detesting and making war against them.
2-Yehovah makes a Covenant with Avraham
Bereshith 15:18 On the same day Yehovah made a Covenant with Avram, saying, I have given this land to your seed, from the river of Mitsrayim to the great rive, the River Perath. [xiii]
Yehovah continues to describe the nations that Israel will possess.
Yehovah does not forget our actions and He will give the appropriate reward.
Galatiyim[xiv]6:7 “Do not be led astray: Elohim is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap. 8 because he who sows to his own flesh shall reap corruption from the flesh, but he who sows to the Ruach[xv] shall reap everlasting chai from the Ruach.
Yehovah keeps a records. Let us not live our lives hating Israel, who are the Chosen People of Yehovah through Avraham. We all have part in His Kingdom if we obey the Rules of His Kingdom. Let us work for the good reward, and not for destruction.
Yevarekhekha Yehovah vehishmerekha
Ya’er Yehovah panav ‘eleykha vichunnekha
Yisa Yehovah panav ‘eleykha veyasem lekha shalom
“Yehovah bless you and keep you;
Yehovah make His Face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
Yehovah lift up His countenance upon you, and give you shalom.[xvi]”
[ii] Translated the LORD in English. But Names cannot be translated; they are pronounced the same in every language. We are forbidden to change by adding or taking away from the Word of Yehovah. Deut.4;d2; 12:32
[iii] Esau, the brother of Jacob
[xvi] Peace, prosperity, wellbeing, calmness