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Date: September 1

Category: Sow and Reap

Obadiah 1:15
"For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your dealings will return upon your own head."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThe name "Obadiah" means servant of the Lord. The book of Obadiah is a very short book in the Old Testament with only one chapter and twenty-one verses. It's uncertain when exactly this book was written. Some scholars date this book back to the ninth century, which would make Obadiah a contemporary of Elisha. Others date this book shortly after the exile (586 BC), which would make him a contemporary of Jeremiah. But regardless of when he wrote this book, Obadiah prophesies that God is going to punish the Edomites because they have mistreated the nation of Israel. By 430 BC, the prediction of Edom's destruction became a reality, and by 70 AD, the Edomites were no longer heard of.

So in verse 15, Obadiah says, "For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations." The term "the day of the Lord" means the Day of Judgment, which is a day that God will punish the wicked and reward the good. Then Obadiah says, "As you have done, it shall be done to you; your dealings will return upon your own head." This is a very powerful statement. This is very similar to the golden rule that Jesus teaches us about in Matthew 7:12, "So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets."

So what we want others to do for us, we are to do those things for them. If you want people to speak good things about you, then you have to speak good things about them. If you want other people to help you, then you have to help other people. Whatever you do for others will eventually be done for you because it says here in Obadiah, "As you have done, it shall be done to you…" But this is equally true if you have done wrongful things to people. For example, if you have gossiped about others, then others will gossip about you. If you have cursed others, then others will curse you. So no matter what it is you do (whether it is good or evil), those actions will eventually come back to you, as it says in the rest of verse 15. "Your dealings will return upon your own head."

So here Obadiah is telling the people of Edom that the day of the Lord is near, meaning God's judgment is soon approaching. Everything that they have done to the Israelites will be repaid to them. They will be punished according to their actions. We can learn a lot from this prophesy that Obadiah spoke to Edom. If we want good things to happen to us, then we have to do good things for others. But if we do wrongful things to others, then we can expect wrongful things to happen to us.

That's why we have to think before we act. Let's say you're an owner of a company or a leader of a ministry. How do you treat the people that work with you? Are you treating them nicely with words of praise, rewarding and encouraging them? Or are you criticizing them and putting them down? If you expect the workers to work their best, then are you working your best as well? Ask yourself if you would hire someone just like you to work for your company or your ministry. If the answer is no, then maybe you need to change your own work habits before you begin judging the workers around you.

It's so important to understand that whatever we do will one day turn around on us. Our words and our actions are all seeds that will bring back some kind of fruit. If we build up others with our words and actions, then someone will build us up in return. But if we tear people down, then some day that will happen to us as well. As it says here, "For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations," meaning God's judgment will fall upon everyone. Now whether we receive a punishment or a reward is really up to us. "As you have done, it shall be done to you; your dealings will return upon your own head." Our actions should always be positive, if we want the outcome to turn out positive. So today, let's make sure we follow the golden rule and let's do for others what we would want them to do for us.

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