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.
Obadiah 1:1 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
The name "Obadiah" 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 when
Canaan is cursed to be a "servant of servants."
The Rumor from the Lord
The word translatd as rumor - שמועה (shemuah, S# H8052) -
is from the root שסמע (shema, hear). It first appears in 1 Samuel (Book 9)
and last appears in Obadiah. It also appears in 0 (Spoke 9, Cycle 3) and forms the
basis of its thematic link to 2 Thessalonians. It debuts in conjunction with the fundamental
Tet KeyWord Tov (cf. Tet Alphabetic Verses):
Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and
how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
And he said unto them, Why do ye such things? for I hear of your evil dealings by all
this people. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear:
ye make the LORD'S people to transgress. If one man sin against another, the
judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the LORD,
who shall intreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their
father, because the LORD would slay them.
1 Samuel 2:22ff (Spoke 9, Cycle 1)
The second appearance of shemuah (trasnslated as tidings) is in 1 Samuel 4:19, correpsonding
to the numerical value of the word Tet (= 419):
And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered:
and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law
and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.
1 Samuel 4.19 (Spoke 9, Cycle 1)
This then links to the theme of Birth in the sense of the
Fruit of the Womb (as distinct from
Birth as a Door, relating to the Number 4) and
links to the Birth of the Messiah in Isaiah 9.
2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.
3 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?
4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars,
thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.
Obadiah 2-4 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
These three verses are linked very strongly to Jeremiah 49. We have here a mixing of the theme of
Judgement (Spoke 9) and Idols/Pride (Spoke 2).
How thou art cut off!
5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!)
not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they
not leave some grapes?
Obadiah 5 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
This is the first of four occurrences of the English phrase "cut off," though the
Hebrew root in this case
(Damah, S# H1820) is different from Karat used in the other three. It is
interesting how a single theme is expressed in the English translation though the underlying
Hebrew has variations. This verse also forms a KeyLink to Genesis 31 based on the simple set (Stolen, Night) [Verify]:
|KeyLink Set: (Stolen, Night)|
I have discovered six KeyLinks to Genesis 31, but there are probably many more.
6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!
Obadiah 6 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
This verse also forms a KeyLink to Genesis 31.
7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were
at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy
bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.
8 Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom,
and understanding out of the mount of Esau?
Obadiah 7-8 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
Cut Off for violence against thy brother
9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of
the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.
10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and
thou shalt be cut off for ever.
This links to the great theme of cutting off which links many
elements of Spoke 9. The Hebrew word
אח (Ach, S# H0251) evaluates to the Number 9 and plays a very significant role in the Inner Cycle of Romans, where it links to Paul's great cry
for his brethren, for whose sakes he could wish himself accursed - i.e. cut off - from Christ.
Note also that ach is a pun on the cry "Alas."
11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day
that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates,
and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.
12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in
the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the
children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have
spoken proudly in the day of distress.
13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in
the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in
the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the
day of their calamity;
14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off
those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those
of his that did remain in the day of distress.
Obadiah 11-14 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou
hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen
drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and
they shall be as though they had not been.
Obadiah 15-16 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
Jacob and Mount Gilead
17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness;
and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of
Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle
in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house
of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
19 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.
20 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.
Obadiah 17-20 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
Theses verses are linked with at least five KeyLinks to Genesis 31, based primarily on
the set (Mount, Gilead).
21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau;
and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.
Obadiah 21 (Spoke 9, Cycle 2)
The word translated as To Judge is Lishpat. It coincides with the value of the name of the Ninth letter,
Tet (= 419). We also have the value of the last phrase coinciding with the value of the first phrase:
The Vision of Obadiah
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The Kingdom is the Lord's