Israel have been hurt and hurt bad - basically their relatives are coming against them, rather than helping them. The Edomites were descendants of Esua, Jacobs twin, whom Israel descended from. They were to be friends and allies, yet Edom had got proud, they didn’t believe they needed anyone, and in their pride thought they were untouchable even by God, so they persecuted the Israelites. Last week we saw how pride starts in the heart and plays out in; your position, in what you have, over your relationships, over your knowledge/intellect, over your strength/abilities. We will now see more ways in which pride affects our life, and how humility is the option that brings Grace - Gods riches, blessings and freedom to our lives.
But do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune; do not rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their ruin; do not boast in the day of distress. (Obadiah v12)
How can we live so that our fears and insecurities don’t lead to pride. What insecurities does God need to replace with his love and truth? How can we extend this love to people even those who wrong us, so that we even want what’s best for them?