Habakkuk prophesied to the kingdom of Judah between the time when the Babylonians defeated the Assyrians at Nineveh (612 B.C.).By that time, Babylon had become the leading world power.
HOW LONG...MUST I CALL FOR HELP
Habakkuk had been praying that God would do something to stop the social corruption and spiritual rebellion that he saw among his own people. Yet God seemed to be doing nothing but tolerating violence, injustice and the mistreatment of godly people. His questions dealt with issues that have totally confused God’s faithful people throughout history: “Why does God wait so long to punish evil?” and “Why are our prayers not answered sooner?” Notice, however, that these “complaints,” or questions, did not stem from a cynical (distrusting), disgruntled or defiant attitude, but from a submissive and sincere heart of faith in God that truly longed for answers.
I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING
God answered Habakkuk by telling him He already had plans to punish Judah for its sins. He would use the completely unmerciful and ungodly Babylonians to carry out judgment on His people. (The Babylonians had gained their independence from Assyria in 626 B.C. and destroyed Assyrian power completely in 612 - 605 B.C. The speed with which they conquered other nations was legendary [verse 8], and they sent into exile the people that they conquered [Verse 9], just like the Assyrians before them.) The thought that God would possibly use such wicked and ungodly people to punish Judah was shocking to the prophet and unbelievable to God’s people.
ARE YOU NOT FROM EVERLASTING?
Habakkuk was appalled that God would use such a cruel and defiant nation to attack Judah. Babylon was so arrogant about its military might that it was almost like a god to them (Verse 11). Yet the prophet was confident that God would not allow them to totally destroy his own people. Such a destructive plan would work against God’s purpose to use Israel to reveal His plan of salvation to the entire human race.
YOUR EYES ARE TOO PURE
This verse does not mean that God overlooks evil; after all, He is omniscient (“all-knowing”) and sees everything. The fact that He realizes everything that is going on, however, does not mean that God approves of evil. What confused Habakkuk was this: God’s use of the wicked Babylonians made it seem like He was tolerating their sin while punishing Judah; and even though Judah was behaving wickedly, it was still not as corrupt as Babylon.
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I'm Margaret "Margarita". I am a Christian, wife, mother and grandmother. I talk about faith, my Christian walk, & our life on the farm. I have learned so much & continue to learn from the Word of the LORD. I hope this space will give you encouragement and inspiration in your walk with God.
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