Thursday, September 5, 2019

Thursday - Habakkuk 1 - A Better View of Salvation

HAT is the thing from which we need to be saved? It seems that many of the prophets emphasized how the pains, deaths and tragedies of life demand that we need a Savior.  And of course, we who suffer can indeed be most intensely aware of our need for a Savior. There is nothing amiss in that. But Habakkuk seems to have been a little deeper in his thinking than the average saint. Habakkuk's burden; Habakkuk's concern was related to the vices of his people (vs. 2-4), not simply the danger that those vices would induce. And, when God revealed to Habakkuk that He was going to use the Babylonians to beat the devil out of Judah, instead of being focused on and disturbed by the level of pain that the Jews would be facing, Habakkuk was repulsed by the vices of the Babylonians (vs. 12-17).

God's answers to Habakkuk are as intriguing as are Habakkuk's questions for God. In vs. 5-11 we get to read God's answer to Habakkuk's original questions. In fact, God even warned Habakkuk that His answer (though true) would be unbelievable (vs. 5). He was going to use a nation that was even more wicked than the Jews to punish them for their sins. He would use the idolatrous Babylonians. Habakkuk 1:11 includes the realization and revelation that although God knew how the Babylonians would attribute their successes to a false god, He determined to use them for His own purposes anyway. He would deal with Babylon later on. His ultimate purpose at this point was to purge the Jewish mind of its sinfulness. He used (and is still using) Babylon to accomplish that purpose. His works are sometimes very strange to us, but they are always perfect.

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