Petra is one of the wonders of the ancient world.

The iconic buildings at Petra were built by the Nabateans in the second century after Christ, but the Edomites lived here among the rocks long before that.

The rivalry between Jacob and Esau continued throughout the Old Testament. When Judah was exiled to Babylon, the Edomites (descendants of Esau) still wanted to get their hands on Jacob’s blessing (the Promised Land). The prophet Obadiah told them off. He described them as living “in the clefts of the rock, in your lofty dwellings” (Obadiah 3).

Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Riverview Church, Perth, Western Australia

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