2How long, O LORD, must I call for help? But you do not listen!
“Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save.
3Must I forever see these evil deeds?
Why must I watch all this misery?
Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence.
I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight.
4The law has become paralyzed,
And there is no justice in the courts.
The wicked far outnumber the righteous,
So that justice has become perverted. ~ Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT
Hello 612 – 589 BC! – a time in the history of ancient Judah when national sin spelled impending judgement by God. When a historically righteous nation becomes morally indistinguishable from its pagan neighbors, it’s – well, it gets God’s attention.
After much pleading and warning to His people to repent from sin; God plans to send destruction and slavery upon Judah. The prophet Habakkuk complains to God about the evils of Judean society plus God’s impending judgement at the hands of a pagan invader called Babylon. After all, how can God’s plan be just? On the surface of things, there is nothing but sin in both nations!
I ponder these things in our day as well. Our modern culture is rife with the same sins mentioned by Habakkuk:
Violence – There is virtually no community in our nation that does not have a problem with domestic violence, assault, murder, rape, and even infanticide whitewashed as “abortion”.
Evil Deeds – The purposeful acts of bullying, torture, theft, fraud, and cruelty, are just a few examples.
Misery – The widespread use of street drugs, divorce, homelessness, depression, and aimlessness abounds.
Destruction (War) – Our nation is known as the super cop of the globe. We war with everyone in the name of peace.
Discontent – Reality TV shows are a gruesome example of elevating family bickering and fighting.
Moral Paralysis – Where is God’s Church? Sadly, asleep. There is a huge price to pay, Church!
Court Injustice – Time after time we see judges who give light sentences for heinous crimes. Repeat offenders only escalate the severity of their crimes, i.e. serial or mass murders, school shootings, or human trafficking, .
Righteous Minority – Back to the Church: it used to be known as the silent majority. Now it is only a voiceless minority while elected officials scream obscenities about our President, Christians, and Jews on the floor of Congress. Christians who stand up for faith in Jesus are being martyred all over the globe while mainstream media is silent. Recently bills have been introduced to make practicing Christianity illegal in our country. Where is God’s Church?
Perverted Justice – Social norms have flipped. What used to be called right is now wrong. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
The LORD‘s reply is found in verses 5 – 11 and is a scary descriptive of the conquering Babylon but noticeably God only confirms that,
YES! He is sending this murderous enemy to conquer Judah.
AND YES! Babylon is cruel, violent, destructive, haughty, and pagan.
Very bad news for Judah. Habakkuk’s reaction is similar to anyone looking at such a desolate future. He complains again to God.
“Surely, LORD, you do not intend to wipe us out?” ~ verse 12 paraphrased.
Ah, the LORD has more to say about this. Until then, God bless your week and Thank you for following
There are many mothers in the Bible. Some led righteous lives and served God; while others were rebellious toward God’s authority. The demands placed upon women and mothers by ancient cultures were generally rigid and burdensome. Yet each mother featured in stories of the Bible met her own life challenges in surprising ways. Take the first mother of mankind, for example: Continue reading →
How can one person see the bigger picture while another is oblivious to the obvious? At a time when there was a plot to kill Jesus, a woman close to Yeshua sensed trouble and took action. Realizing that she could do nothing to prevent Yeshua’s death, she did what she could a couple of days prior to Passover:
And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He (Jesus) sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask, and poured it on His head. ~ Mark 14:3 NKJV
The diners were shocked and criticized the woman, accusing her of wasting a commodity that was worth a year’s wages. At the very least, they indicated it should have been sold and given to the poor.
But Jesus said,“Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” ~ Mark 14:6-9 NKJV (Emphasis added)
Satan is not “oblivious to the obvious”. He immediately jumped on the opportunity of Judas’s dismay over the woman’s “waste”. We know from that point on how the story takes its twisted path to Calvary’s cross.
10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him. ~ Mark 14:10-11 NKJV
But what just happened at dinner? While Judas Iscariot was busy plotting the betrayal of the Messiah and the other disciples were enjoying a meal with Jesus, a woman follower sees the bigger picture and brought a most treasured possession to dinner. She anointed Yeshua’s body right then and there, in case it would prove to be impossible later; believing that Jesus is the Lamb of God, soon to be sacrificed for our sins; Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
She did what she could – and today,
“what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
If you enjoy reading about special people in history, you may like a previous post titled, What can you do?
Snow, Dogsled Races, and Ice Fishing take us outdoors this month!
But Jesus sent him home, saying, 39”…Go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him. ~ Luke 8:38b-39 NLT