Friday, February 10, 2012

Habakkuk 1:5-11

5 - "Look among the nations and watch - be utterly astounded! For I will 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 breath of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.

7 - They are terrible and dreadful; their judgement and their dignity proceed from themselves.

8 - Their horses are swifter than leopards, and more fierce than evening wolves. Their chargers charge ahead; their calvary 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 princes are scorned by them. They deride every stronghold, for they heap up earthen mounds and seize it.

11 - Then his mind changes, and he transgresses; he commits offense, ascribing this power to their god."

God is answering Habakkuk's question of, "Where are you? All I see is wickedness among your people, are you going to do nothing?" God is going to bring in the Chaldeans (We know them better as the Babylonians) to punish Israel for its rebellion. They are not a righteous nation and in fact are worse than the country of Israel. But it's God's way of showing Israel that they are far from Him. When we sin, God will allow us to be taken captive by the consequence of our sin until we cry out in repentance. (It takes 70 years for Israel to be restored.) God's justice is supreme, but His mercy is limitless. We often seek justice for others and ask for mercy for ourselves. We should seek mercy and love justly. Micah says it beautifully in Micah 6:8.

"He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."

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