Amos Obadiah Old Testament —2022 Lesson 47 November 14-20, 2022


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This is a commentary on Amos and Obadiah—the text for Lesson 47 “Seek the Lord, and Ye Shall Live”.

Amos’ message set before the people the choice of the two ways: eternal life or death. He was likely the first of the prophets to have a book with the own name on it, although his book appears later in the minor prophets. He spoke about social justice and the importance of how we deal with the poor in our society. He noted the importance of that in a Zion society and showed how God could reject our outward religious worship of Him if we didn’t attend to those issues in our families and our society. He was also a pretty sarcastic and cutting guy at times. I wonder if he’d be banned from social media if he posted some of his comments today?

Obadiah is the shortest book in the Old Testament. He prophesied against Edom, a long-gone nation—or is it? Joseph Smith used Edom or Idumea when he was inspired to write the preface to the Doctrine and Covenants, the voice of warning for our dispensation. He wrote: And also the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world (D&C 1:36).

With this as a key, we can take any prophecy or word about Idumea (Edom) and apply it to the worldly elements of the society in which we live. Thus, Obadiah writing 2,600 years ago about a remote and long-forgotten people is not irrelevant. That people of Edom might be parts of us—or at the very least, be types of the world in which we are immersed. We shall see what Obadiah had to say about them/us. pp.50


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