Obadiah wrote this book. His name means “Servant (worshipper) of Jehovah.” It is the shortest book in the Old Testament. Obadiah is to preach to Edom. Their capital is Petra, a city cut out of solid rock. They felt that no one could take them. There was only one narrow passage into the city. But Obadiah deals with their destruction; treachery through their allies.
Edom treated Israel badly as some of them tried to escape from their judgment. They aide the enemy of Israel. As a result, God says in verse 15, “as you have done, it shall be done unto thee.” This is where we get such phrases as: “what goes around, comes around”; “what you do bad to others will come home one day”; and “you reap what you sow.”
Pride was the center of Edom’s problem. They had exalted themselves as the eagle, but God brought them down. Petra is now empty, only a tourist attraction. They come to see the city carved out of rose colored rock. Let it be a warning to those with pride and self-exaltation.