A man received a promotion to the position of Vice President of the company he worked for. The promotion went to his head, and for weeks on end he bragged to anyone and everyone that he was now VP. His bragging came to an abrupt halt when his wife, so embarrassed by his behavior, said, “Listen Bob, it’s not that big a deal. These days everyone’s a vice president. Why they even have a vice president of peas down at the supermarket!” Somewhat deflated, Bob called the local supermarket to find out if this was true. “Can I speak to the Vice President of peas please?” he asked, to which the reply came: “of fresh or frozen?” Pride can get the best of us among one another and especially to God.
God was once approached by a scientist who said, “Listen God, we’ve decided we don’t need you anymore. These days we can clone people, transplant organs and do all sorts of things that used to be considered miraculous.” God replied, “Don’t need me huh? How about we put your theory to the test. Why don’t we have a competition to see who can make a human, say, a male human being.” The scientist agrees, so God declares they should do it like he did in the good old days when he created Adam.
“Fine” says the scientist as he bends down to scoop up a handful of dirt.”
“Whoa!” says God, shaking his head in disapproval. “Not so fast. You get your own dirt.”
These stories are silly and funny but they remind us to not be prideful of things especially since they are not our own. Everything we have belongs to God and without Him we would have nothing. Without God we would not have the sun shining, the birds chirping and we would not have the dirt beneath our feet. Since God has given us all of these things we should worship Him and give all of the glory to Him. Is this easy? Why is this not easy? We want all of the credit because we did all of the work right? No Jesus did all of the work. It is human nature to want all of the credit and to put ourselves on a pedestal but God does not want us to do that. God commands us to worship Him and care for others.
Obadiah who is the assumed writer and prophet in his book spoke to the Edomites and Israelites and encourages them to not be prideful. This is of course easier said than done but Obadiah does help readers understand the Edomites poor decisions so that those reading can make better decisions. Every story has something before and after to help explain the in between so we are going to look at the beginning of the Bible to help us understand this book even better.
In Genesis 25:19-25 Esau and Jacob were competitors even before birth and unfortunately their parents disagreed over the boys, with Isaac partial to Esau and Rebekah partial to Jacob. God had chosen Jacob to receive the blessing attached to the Abrahamic Covenant even though tradition showed it was to be given to the first son. Esau, the oldest brother, grew furious at his brother Jacob for tricking his father to receiving the Abrahamic Covenant. God has chosen His children to receive the blessing of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. If you do not know this I hope you do today. God loves you and wants to be in your life.