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Spoke 9

Genesis 31 chain Obadiah

Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times. Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

Genesis 31 (vss. 41f)

I Served Thee

Obadiah, the name of Book 31, means Servant of the Lord (S# H5662). This links directly to the theme of Genesis 31, when Jacob fled Laban after serving him for 20 years. The root of Obadiah - Eved, (Servant, S# H5650) - first appears in Genesis 9.

Mount Gilead

We also have a strong set of links based on the words (Mount, Gilead) [Verify] which appears in only ten verses of the Bible - 1 in Obadiah, 3 in Genesis 31, and six scattered elsewere. Genesis 31 contains the first occurrence of this set, and Obadiah contains the last. Comparing the passages in which it is found reveals a couple KeyLinks:

Genesis 31 Obadiah
So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face toward the mount Gilead. And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead. And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad. Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead. And Laban said to Jacob, What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives taken with the sword? And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

We have two KeyLink sets, (Mount, Gilead w/i 1 Jacob) and (Mount, Gilead w/i 1 Captiv*):

KeyLink Sets: (Mount, Gilead) near Jacob or Captiv*
Genesis 31chainObadiah

To really appreciate the significance of "coincidences" like this, it is important to note that Obadiah contains a mere 21 verses! Yet in these few verses, God placed two sets that are found nowhere else in all Scripture!

Stolen by Night

Yet there is more! Consider these verses:

Genesis 31 (vs. 39) Obadiah 1.5
That which was torn of beasts I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, whether stolen by day, or stolen by night. If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

We have another KeyLink, based on the simple set (Stolen, Night) [Verify]:

KeyLink Set: (Stolen, Night)
Genesis 31chainObadiah

Yet the details of the divine tapestry interweave ever deeper! Examining the context of the above KeyLink yields yet another KeyLink! The word translated as "searched out" is Chaphas (S# H2664), which first occurs in .... Genesis 31!

Genesis 31 (vs. 39) Obadiah 1.5
Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found them not. And she said to her father, Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women is upon me. And he searched [Chaphas], but found not the images. If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? How are the things of Esau searched [Chaphas] out! how are his hidden things sought up!

This KeyLink is based on the fact that the two verses above are the only verses to contain the Hebrew root Chaphas (S# H2664) and the English word "up".

KeyLink Set: (S# 2664, Up)
Genesis 31chainObadiah

Alternately, we could search for the English set (Stolen w/i 2 Searched), which also yields a KeyLink between Genesis 31 and Obadiah:

KeyLink Set: (Stolen w/i 2 Searched)
Genesis 31chainObadiah

Deception

One of the primary themes of Spoke 9 originates in the Ninth Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." This manifests in the strong delusion revealed on Spoke 9 that falls upon those who "loved a lie." This idea is the basis of the strong link based on the simple phrase ("hath deceived") [Verify] , found only in four verses of the Bible, the first being Genesis 31 and the last being Obadiah 3. This gives rise to a KJV KeyLink when we narrow the search to include only those found within two verses of "God" - i.e. the search string is ("hath deceived w/i 2 God):

Genesis 31 (vs. 39) Obadiah 1.5
And said unto them, I see your father's countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me. And ye know that with all my power I have served [Abad] your father. And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me. The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

We have now a sixth KeyLink:

KeyLink: 'Hath Deceived' w/i 2 God
Genesis 31chainObadiah

There is also a very strong off-spoke link between Obadiah and Jeremiah which applies the same language the destruction of man's pride, idols, etc.

Think of what this means! We have six KeyLinks between Genesis 31 and Book 31, as well as a strong thematic correlation between the name Obadiah and the content of Genesis 31, and also a ink to the essence of the Ninth Commandment and its manifestation in II Thessalonians on Spoke 9 of the Bible Wheel! Again, it is imperative that the size of Obadiah be kept in view through all this. What a wonder is the Word of our God!






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