USE YOUR THINKERS!
They say perception is everything. The inertia of Judah was framing their own reality. They were lacking the discernment to understand their current condition (Romans 3:11). They deemed themselves to be just and righteous(Romans 3:10) in comparison to the wicked (Chapter 1:4). It is within this mindset, the prophet Habakkuk approaches his dialogue with God.
The lamentation begins with a petition to God for intervention on behalf of the perceived guiltless (chapter 1:2-4). The prophet struggles to find answers for injustice (chapter 1:4). Within his inquiry, the solution materialize. The wording "that is why decision fails" (chapter 1:4)
meaning is connected to the slack of Torah observance. Divine Law is in contrast with man-made laws that do not govern societies properly, they produce lawlessness; which brings about "deformed" judgment. In other words, observe the laws of God (chapter 1:5) or submit to the laws of men and their judgment. We see it often, people desirous of societal sinful
lifestyle and practices until it includes discrimination, persecution, oppression, and any other ill treatment by a stronger group. So we conclude with these truths, God permitting (lack of intervening ..chapter 1:13) us to live under the laws of men which we have chosen (chapter 1:7).
God's response is very insightful. We learn that authority is granted by Him (chapter 1:6). So what may be humanly understood as injustice, could very well be "redeemable" judgment (that which leads to repentance and salvation).
10.Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?
11. Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."
We see in the example of the Lord, that God allowed Pilate to be in a position to execute punishment, but he did not have the ultimate power over fate..to render judgment against sin.
Then the conversation proceeded to the topic of greater degrees of wickedness (chapter 1:13). The matter of action or lack thereof is not solely seen in behavior (it is found in the heart). We see that Pilate may have officially issued the death of Christ (sin), but those who handed him over to be killed were wicked as well (greater sin)....the latter just lacked the position of power to physically carry out the death sentence. History has taught us in many cases that people tend to behave in the same manner with given power.. The Oppressed becomes the oppressor, victims of racism become racist, and so forth. People are much more willing to question their current realities (and its consequences) than they are to do a self-examination of their own heart and spiritual condition.
The prophets goes on to compare the lost of dominion (something Judah and Israel could relate too) with the fishes of the sea (Genesis 1:28) in chapter one verse fifteen. This brings us to the statement made by Jesus, "“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19)”.
Essentially, I will restore your sovereignty. This is after Christ saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew "casting a net into the sea" (Matthew 4:18).
Intune with Habakkuk written message, "He has fished them all up with a line, pulled them up in his trawl, And gathered them in his net (chapter 1:15).
We have a picture of worldly hegemony, that gathers nations up to slay them for their resources (chapter 1:14-17). And then there is the spiritual ascendancy that collect nations because they are the wealth (Revelation 21:24).
We are encouraged that though justices may seem late, it's always on time (Chapter 2:3).
For, "In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay."
The prophets speak of God's famous reputation and longs to see examples of such in his day (chapter 3:2). But we must be reminded of those "waiting periods" too...Not only were the Hebrews freed from their Egyptian bondage with the mighty display of God's power...it was after tarring for it for hundreds of years.
In your patience possess ye your souls
But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
None of the wicked will escape due penalty in its proper time (Chapter 2:5).
It is in the waiting, we find our purpose, to live our faith (Chapter 2:4).
....the just shall live by faith/living within the boundaries of God's
laws (Hebrews 10:38).
It is within our FAITHful lifestyle we find redemption in the end
2nd Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept
In a world of instant gratification, waiting is difficult for many.
Regrettably, we see this leading to a great departure from the faith
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines, (Matthew 21:18-19).
though the olive crop fails (Romans 11:17-24).
though there are no sheep in the pen (Zechariah 13:7 & Matthew 26:31).
Knowledge of good and evil (information NOT wisdom) will increase during the last days (Daniel 12:4). Good information, the gospel of salvation will be spread to every part of the earth (chapter 2:14). The wisdom is not in the hearing it, but it the acceptance of it (Romans 10:9-10).
And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.
Evil will lead to disbelief in God and His word. People will believe they have become awaken, enlighten, and educated; they will be no the more WISE in their own deception (2nd Timothy 3:13).
2nd Thessalonians 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first....
You are warned not to be beguiled by all the antagonistic information shown to you because of the lack of wisdom to understand exactly what is presented.
In the end, the prophet's mood was rejoiceful (chapter 3:18) because of the realization that in the face of everything, victory belongs to the Lord (Psalm 3:8).
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