Showing posts with label Habakkuk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Habakkuk. Show all posts

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Habakkuk 3

The prophet's prayer is narrated in this chapter. It is essentially a psalm to be sung with musical instruments.

In this psalm, the prophet focuses on LORD, who is approaching from mountains, with His glory covering the heavens and His praise filling the earth.
Habakkuk 3:4 His splendor was like the sunrise;
    rays flashed from His hand,
    where His power was hidden.
Several other attributes of the LORD is explained. Habakkuk is afraid, yet he resolves to rejoice in the LORD
Habakkuk 3:19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength;
    He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    He enables me to tread on the heights. 

Habakkuk 2

Habakkuk after crying out to the LORD about this mystery of evil, knew LORD knew the answer. In great anticipation, with bated breath, he will stand his watch and wait for LORD's reply.

The LORD asked Habakkuk to write down the revelation. Next, he is told to wait patiently, as Babylon's doom will certainly come at the appointed time. The wicked characters of Babylon are set forth. They are filled with pride, inspired by evil desires, deceived by wine, greedy, and assault innocent people.

The righteous person will live by his faithfulness - this cannot be overemphasized. The LORD then pronounced five judgement upon the wicked. LORD mentions that Babylon has served it's purpose and will certainly experience LORD's wrath.

A wonderful promise is mentioned - the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

Next, drunkenness is connected with immorality and is depicted as going hand in hand.
Habakkuk 2:15 “Woe to him who gives drink to his neighbors,
    pouring it from the wineskin till they are drunk,
    so that he can gaze on their naked bodies!
16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory.
    Now it is your turn! Drink and let your nakedness be exposed!
The cup from the LORD’s right hand is coming around to you,
    and disgrace will cover your glory.
Babylon was the center of idolatry - Marduk, Nabu, Sin, Ishtar etc., were their popular deities. LORD rebukes those who trust in idols those which deceive their followers. He makes a final statement:
Habakkuk 2:20 The LORD is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth be silent before him.

My Thoughts
While life is filled with mysteries, one who trusts in LORD can expect Him to be just and righteous.

If you are like me, who likes to solve mysteries, then grab this book:
Ever wonder why - by Douglas Smith

Habakkuk 1

Remember Job in the book of wisdom? Prophet Habakkuk grapples with the same question. We also saw that in Psalm 73. The mysterious questions are,

"How does LORD allow evil to go unpunished in Judah?"

"How could a righteous LORD use Babylon, a nation far more wicked, to judge Judah?"

First two chapters are a dialogue between LORD and the prophet. At first, the prophet complains to the LORD, as to why is He tolerating injustice, and why He is deaf to his prayers.

LORD gives an answer - which seems to only aggravate the problem.
Habakkuk 1:6 I am raising up the Babylonians,
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
    to seize dwellings not their own.
Their horses are swifter than leopards, and more fierce than evening wolves. They gather captives like sand, scoffing at kings and princes. When the Babylonians overwhelm the land of Judah, they will wrongly give the credit to their false gods.

Habakkuk wonders why God would use a nation more wicked than Judah to bring judgment on Judah. He is puzzled, and asks LORD the question that is upon his mind.
Habakkuk 1:12 LORD, are You not from everlasting?
    My God, my Holy One, You will never die.
You, LORD, have appointed them to execute judgment;
    You, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
    You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do You tolerate the treacherous?
    Why are You silent while the wicked
    swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

My Thoughts
Prophet Habakkuk is trying to understand the mind of the most righteous - The LORD's mind.

How pure should we be, to be able to understand LORD's thoughts?

I wonder why this book is not classified as one of those wisdom books?