God Sees All - Including
the Fence Sitters!
We need to be continually seeking His will to do good for others!
Expository sermon outline on the book of OBADIAH
Song of Invitation:
# 409; O Think of the Home Over There.
I. Means "Servant of Jehovah."
II. He is one of the oldest minor prophet (845
III. Verse 19 confirms the late date of the book - NOT
IV. He prophesied about the 70 yrs. of Babylonian captivity
V. He gave a message to the Edomites.
[Gen. 25: 30; 36: 1]
I. Obadiah told the cliff-dwelling Edomites of the folly
of their pride. 
A. They foolishly
rejoiced over the fall of Jerusalem and Judah to the Babylonians.
B. They did not
help Judah when taken into captivity.
[Pr. 6: 16-19; 16: 18]
1. They were short-sighted about their own future.
i. & if the Babylonians continued & turned also onto
ii. Who would want to come to their rescue?
iii. "Fair weather friends" live very superficial/shallow lives.
a. Do I stand up for my friends in the faith?
b. Do I stand up for what is right even if nobody else agrees?
c. Do I have the courage to blow the whistle.
d. Russ. prov: "Don't look for more trouble than you already
2. They saw the Assyrians fall to the Babylonians, but they
did not take heed.
C. The foolish rich
[Lk 12: 16-21]
1. Self centered, NOT God centered!
2. God wasn't neither a part of his pres success nor his future
D. Ananias &
Shaphira lying about the sale of land.
[Acts 5: 1-11]
1. They were saving face in front of Peter & the others.
2. "Gr fear came upon all the Ch & upon all who heard these
things. [Acts 5: 11]
II. Law of Divine Retribution
A. "You will reap
what you sow.
You will reap more than you sow.
You will reap later than you sow."
B. The long-term
consequences of our sin and folly will find us out. [Gal. 6:
1. Esau's violence to Jacob is now finding him out.
[10; Gen. 27: 41-46]
i. "As you have done, it shall be done to you"
ii. The next time we want to strike back at somebody, committing
something unholy, let us consider these wise words!
2. Ezekiel also prophesied rebuke against the Edomites.
[Ezek. 35: 9]
C. "I will bring
you down." is God's stinging response to Edom's hard
D. The death of
David's son after his sin with Bathsheba.
[2 Sam 12: 1-23
E. Jacob deceives
his father to get birth rite.
1. Jacob was deceived about his son, Joseph
[Gen 37: 12-36]
III. Rebuke to those who prefer NOT to become involved
in the problems of others.
A. Weak and unprincipled
people; riding the fence.
B. We need to give
to all in any circumtance.
[Jam. 2: 15-17]
C. James tells us
many times that "Faith without works is DEAD!"
1. We must prove our faith
2. by acting on our faith!
D. Much like the
priest and the Levite in the "Good Samaritan"
[Lk. 10: 30-37]
1. Neither of these "religious" persons had compassion on the
i. God does not reveal to us the beaten man's nationality/race
or his fame,
because it is not important.
ii. They looked on the exterior and not the interior/heart
of the man.
2. The Samaritan had true compassion/mercy for the wounded
i. Do I look on the outward or inward man?
ii. God is NO respector of persons!
[2 Chr. 19: 7; Acts 10: 34;
Rom. 2: 11; Eph. 6: 9; Col. 3: 25; Jam. 2: 1; 1 Pet. 1: 17]
E. Mordecai convincing
Esther to go into the king's presence. [Esther 4: 9-16]
1. This helped the remnant of Israel.
[Eze 6: 8]
2. God will never forsake His people.
F. "He that isn't
with Me, is against Me."
[Mt 12: 30]
1. Accused Jesus Christ of being Beelzebub/Philistine deity,
the ruler of the
2. The Jews said Jesus Christ was "a Samaritan & [had]
a demon" [Jn 8: 48]
3. People today are doubting that He existed--hog wash!
G. To become zealous
[Rev 3: 15-22]
1. Philippians/praise, Laodicea/censure; blame; severe judgement.
2. cold/lost, hot/zealous, lukewarm/lost!
i. hot/cold/palatable, lukewarm/nauseating.
ii. lukewarm: more harm to the church than the unsaved.
iii. deadly infl upon the church = same cond as the cold/unsaved!
iv. cold & lukewarm = self-deceived
v. lukewarm doesn't realize his lost cond = fatal results!
3. Valuables are used to rep spiritual lessons.
I. The Edomites were suffering from the sin of pride
A. The parable
of the rich fool teaches us to look beyond ourselves
[Lk. 12: 16-21]
B. We must trust
in God rather than things.
II. The Edomites haughty spirit and vengefulness is returned
to them. 
III. Jesus Christ is our "Deliverer on Mount Zion."
If we are patient!
I. God asks us to look at ourselves soberly.
II. We will reap what we sow.
III. We need to become involved in the lives of others
physically and spiritually!
IV. Let us think of the "Home Over There" and not our
own short lives!
V. To get to the home over there requires submission
to the plan of salvation.
A. Study/hear God's
Word and know what you need to do to obey God's commands:
[Mt. 7: 24-25; Rom. 10: 17]
B. Believe in the
[Jn. 20: 30-31; Heb. 11: 6]
C. Repent of your
[Lk. 13: 3; Acts 3: 19; 17: 30]
D. Confess Christ
as the Son of Gad. [Mt. 10: 32-33; Acts 8: 37;
Rom. 10: 9-10]
E. Be baptized
for the remission of your past sins.
[Mk. 16: 16; Acts 2: 38; 22: 16; 1 Pet. 3: 21]
F. Remain faithful
[Mt. 10: 22; 1 Cor. 15: 58; Rev. 2: 10]
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