The Prophet Questions God’s Judgments
1 The [a]burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.
The Prophet’s Question
2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, And You will not hear? Even cry out to You, “Violence!”And You will not save.3 Why do You show me iniquity And cause me to see [b]trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; There is strife, and contention arises.4 Therefore, the law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore, perverse judgment proceeds.
We see in vv 1-4 that the Prophet is crying out to the Lord in prayer, and the Prophet Habakkuk is complaining about all the violence and injustice that is taking place. He is wondering why the injustice is prevailing. We see in the prophet's prayer it is a normal human response in the face of evil and wickedness that seems to be succeeding, but in vv 5-11, the Lord responds to the prophets' prayer.
The Lord’s Reply
5 “Look among the nations and watch—Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you.6 For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, A bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, To possess dwelling places that are not theirs.7 They are dreadful; Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves.8 Their horses also are swifter than leopards And more fierce than evening wolves. Their [c]chargers [d]charge ahead; Their cavalry comes from afar; They fly as the eagle that hastens to eat.
9 “They all come for violence; Their faces are set like the east wind. They gather captives like sand.10 They scoff at kings, And they scorn princes. They deride every stronghold, For they heap up earthen mounds and seize it.11 Then his [e]mind changes, and he transgresses; He commits the offense, Ascribing this power to his god.”
We see how the Lord surprisingly responds to humans. God’s “ANSWER” to the lament of the Prophet Habakkuk is beyond belief. See v. 5.
“When you experience events that surpass your understanding and ability, it may be that God is communicating a critical message to you.”
(Experiencing God Day by Day, page 299).
In Christ, love Jared W Campbell
"The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
26 The Lord [a]lift His countenance upon you,
And give you peace."'
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