Original audience/reader: This book was written for the Israelites that had just gone into exile and were feeling very depressed, frustrated, and angry because Edom had helped capture and bring much pain to the people.
Other Scriptures to help unpack the book: While reading through Obadiah also take a look at; Deuteronomy 23:7, Jeremiah 49:7-22, and Ezekiel 25:12-14
Purpose for writing: Doom of Edom and Promise to Hebrew people.
Structure: The book can be divided into 3 sections; 1-9, 10-16, 17-21
New Testament connection: James 1:22-25, 1 Peter 1:22
Topics in book: Pride, Wisdom, Wealth, and Status
Key Theme: God does not overlook any sin. Yes, God holds His children to the standard of Holiness, but He will still punish all people for their sin. Rather than look at the pain others bring you in their sin, focus on your own battle with sin and pride. Even as God will punish the sin of all people, His children still have hope in God alone. Today and one day much fuller and more real, God will bring hope and blessing to His people. So in the middle of the sinful painful broken circumstance, look forward to the coming day when God will restore, vindicate and bless His people completely and perfectly.