DURING JESUS’ TRIUMPHAL ENTRY, HIS DISCIPLES WERE PRAISING HIM.
THE PHARISEES TOLD JESUS TO REBUKE THEM.
HE SAID, “IF THEY REMAIN SILENT,
THE STONES WILL CRY OUT.”
NOTHING CAN STOP
THE WORSHIP OF GOD.
IN THE SAME WAY, NOTHING CAN STOP
THE JUSTICE OF GOD.
WHEN THE CHALDEANS THOUGHT NO ONE SEES,
“THE STONE WILL CRY OUT FROM THE WALL
AND THE BEAM FROM THE WOODWORK RESPOND.”
WHEN THE ABUSED CHILD THINKS, NO ONE SEES.
WHEN THE PERSECUTED BELIEVER FEELS FORGOTTEN.
HE IS NOT.
JESUS IS RETURNING, AND JUSTICE WILL ROLL DOWN.
ALL OF NATURE IS A TESTIMONY TO THE HOLINESS OF GOD. PREPARE YOUR HEART THIS WEEK WITH THIS, FROM AUDREY ASSAD:
JESUS IS RETURNING, REVELATION TELLS US,
TO WAGE WAR WITH THE ENEMIES OF HIS BRIDE.
(SEE REVELATION 19:11-16)
THE STORY IS NOT OVER UNTIL HE RETURNS.
This week, and part of next, we will examine the sin of the Chaldeans, but it is always good to turn the mirror around to ourselves, for the root causes that led to their sins are the same root causes that leads to ours.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. What comfort does it give you personally that God is a just God and will repay?
Twila is learning some sign language for when she presents her memorization of Habakkuk, and she showed me that the sign for woe (See Habakkuk 2:15) was like shooting an arrow from a bow. It made me remember Spurgeon’s teaching on the rainbow given as a promise — that the actual word is bow, like an archer’s bow, but the bow is pointed upward with the arrow toward God. If we are in Him, the “woe” we deserve fell on Him.
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study
Last week, regarding the vision, Habakkuk was instructed:
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end — it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it,
it will surely come, it will not delay.
Behold, his soul is puffed up, it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
Kay Arthur says that Hab. 2:4 is the most important verse in the book. The following commentary agrees, showing how often it is repeated in the New Testament.
Sometimes the question comes up, “How were people saved in the Old Testament?” Here we see — the same — by faith. In trusting in God they also trusted in Christ, their promised Redeemer to come.
In looking at the parable of the servants waiting for their master in Luke 12, here is an excerpt from the above commentary showing the parallel with Habbakuk 2.
Habbakuk 2:3 “It will surely come, it will not delay”
In the parable Jesus tells, though the Master promised to return, some servants say “My master is delayed in coming.”
Note the juxtaposition of a servant who is “faithful” and one who is “faithless” and the juxtaposition of people who “live by faith” and people whose “spirit is not right in them” In Habakkuk 2:4 and the statement in Habakkuk 2:5 that wine is treacherous and the description of the faithless servant in Luke 12:45 who drinks and gets drunk …
I believe that persecution reveals our hearts, whether they be like the heart of the faithful servant (or servant who walks by faith) or the heart of the faithless servant (who is puffed up and thus does not trust God). The testimonies I am hearing concerning persecution from the Middle East surely cause me to ponder — could I remain faithful if my children or grandchildren’s lives were threatened? A World War II testimony that moved me greatly was that of Sophie Scholl, a young woman who passed out leaflets against Hitler and was martyred. If she would have denied Christ at the end, she was told her life could have been spared. There is a scene where she says good-bye to her parents that tears your heart — yet she and her parents walked by faith and not by sight.
This film is available on Netflix or on You-Tube:
I keep using illustrations from World War II because I think it is the closest thing we know in history to what is happening now in the middle east and which, indeed, may come closer to home. We must be ready to walk by faith and not despair by thinking God will not keep His promises.
3. Review Habakkuk 2:1-4 and Luke 12:35-48.
A. What parallels do you see?
B. Reflect on Habakkuk 2:1-4. What jumps out to you now?
C. Respond (Pray it into your heart)
Last week Laura-Dancer felt convicted by her inaction concerning the persecution Christians — but didn’t know, other than prayer, what she could do. She voiced (as she often does) what many of us feel. I loved what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said recently, Prayer is doing something. One way to stay informed for prayer is by getting e-mails from Voice of the Martyrs or checking out resources at this website: persecution.com
D. Rest in the presence of God.
4. This week get an overview of Habakkuk 2:5-29. Read it slowly once. At first reading, what stands out to you?
5. Now identify verses that stand out to you concerning:
A. The visible behavior of the Chaldeans
B. The invisible root sins of the Chaldeans
C. The verses that connote the impending judgment of God on the Chaldeans
6. Compare Habakkuk 2:11 to Luke 19:39-40. What similarity and what difference do you see?
D. A. Carson mentions that rabbis of old often used Habakkuk 2:11 in connection with Psalm 73.
This psalm talks about the psalmist envying the prosperous and the arrogant until he saw their final destruction. I think this is an apt psalm for Habbakuk 2. If you have time, read Psalm 73 and comment.
7. Extra blessing! 🙂 Read and comment on Psalm 73 in light of Habbakuk 2.
8. Share your notes and comments. (If you’ve run out of time, you’ll have another chance next week to listen and share, though it is worth listening to twice!)
9. What’s your take-a-way and why?