"He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." --- (SofS 2:4)
Travis Case, Pastor/Teacher Northgate Baptist Church F.E.A.S.T Ministries
A. There are no less than Thirteen (13) Obadiahs mentioned in the Old Testament.
1. However, the man we have chosen to study today was governor, or lord chamberlain, in the palace of King Ahab.
2. From his "Youth" he had "Feared The Lord Greatly."
B. This man had his Failures, and he certainly was not an Elijah, but we see in him Many Noble Qualities.
1. He Feared The Lord in a day of Apostasy, Idolatry and Immorality.
2. Even Though He Was Frightened --- he delivered the message to wicked King Ahab.
Lessons We Can Learn From Obadiah:
I. Obadiah Came To Know The Lord When He Was Very Young.
A. We learn this from V. 3 & 12 --- but what lies behind these words?
1. Did Obadiah have Godly Parents? --- it is significant that His Name means "a servant of the Lord."
2. What a blessing it is when Children come to know the Lord.
2 Tim. 3:15, "and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."
B. The Percentage of those who are saved in Later Life is very small.
(An Evangelist Tested His Audience of 4,500, And Asked
400 were saved under 10 years of age.
C. It is Very Important to try to Reach Young People while they are still young.
II. Obadiah Not Only Knew The Lord, But He Feared Him Greatly.
A. Obadiah Reverenced God with an intense Zeal and Enthusiasm.
B. This is God's Desire for all His people.
1. Prov. 1:7, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction."
2. Prov. 8:13, "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate."
3. Prov. 10:27, "The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened."
4. Prov. 14:26, "In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge."
5. Prov. 15:16, "Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble."
6. Prov. 19:23, "The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil."
A. Obadiah trusted God and Began to serve Him when he was a mere boy, but he Continued to do so over many years.
B. It is a great thing to start, but it is even greater to keep going.
1. Luke 9:62, "Jesus said to him, No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back is fit for the kingdom of God."
2. Psa. 36:3, "The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good."
C. It's not the fellow who starts who succeeds, but the fellow who Starts and Sticks.
1. Acts 13:43, "...Paul and Barnabas...persuaded them to continue in the grace of God." 14:22, "...strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
2. Col. 1:23, "if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel....."
D. The Exhortations and the Examples to continue --- are strong in the Bible.
1. 1 Cor. 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
2. Gal. 6:9, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
3. Heb. 12:2-3, "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls."
A. This God-fearing man was chief steward in Ahab's household --- he was immediately responsible to King Ahab and to his wicked scheming wife Jezebel.
1. Would it not have been better for Obadiah to Seek Other Employment?
2. Not necessarily --- look what we are told about:
a. Joseph --- Gen. 41:41, "And Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt."
b. Daniel --- Dan. 2:48, "Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon."
c. Mordecai --- Esther 6:10, "Then the king said to Haman, Hasten, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king's gate. Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken."
d. All the Saints in Caesar's Household. --- Phil. 4:22
B. We are to honour the king, or the ruler whoever he is.
1 Peter 2:17, "Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God. Honor the king."
A. Obadiah showed great concern for the Welfare of the sons of the prophets by Hiding them and by Feeding them.
B. This was a brave thing to do, and his daring act saved many lives from suffering, starvation and death.
C. We Need To Remember in our prayers the many who Today are showing great courage and compassion as they live for and serve the Lord in a completely alien situation.
A. We learn this from V. 5-16.
1. "How Have I Sinned, that you are delivering your servant into the hand of Ahab, to kill me?"
2. "Was It Not Reported to my lord what I did......"
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B. Elijah was a man of iron --- strong, brave servant of God --- but he also was very human --- 1 Kings 19:1-3).
C. James 5:17, "Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months."
D. This should be Encouragement for all of us.
2 Cor. 3:5-6, "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant,..."
VII. Obadiah, By His Faithfulness, Made An Unconscious Contribution To The Great And Mighty Victory of The Lord.
A. V. 15-16, remind us that Obadiah's service for the Lord was a valuable link in the chain of God's working.
B. At the end of the day, Obadiah was able to pray with the psalmist:
Psa. 71:17-18, "O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come."
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