June 24, 2007
The coming of the Lord to judge the world and to
bring salvation to the righteous - though the fulfillment
be delayed, it is absolutely certain!
If the foundations be destroyed what can the righteous do?
Habakkuk's name means "embracing" - one who embraces
or one who is embraced.
The name points to the faith of Habakkuk which cleaved
unto the Lord amid the perplexity of things seen.
The moral and spiritual degeneracy of the age in which he
lived harmonizes with the reign of Manasseh or Jehoiakim -
Manasseh - 55 years - you ought to read of what that man
did - II Kings 21 and 24
The religious degeneracy of his age - deep national corruption
as in the days of Jehoiakim - Jer. 22:13-17
The Law of God was fallen into disrespect - what was
designed or the soul and for all political, religious and domestic
or personal life, was slacked.
Paralyzed through moral and spiritual apathy of the
nation which gave it no response and yielded it no
Human justice was perverted - because men's hearts had
declined from the love of God and had ceased to respect
His Law, judgment seldom or never proceeded forth against
evil-doers or if it did it was perverted. Criminals were
brought to trial and usually could always secure a verdict
in their favor.
It was not merely a degeneracy secretly eating its way into
the vitals of the nation - vice and irreligion was not a
private thing - iniquity flaunted its robes openly in the
eyes of passers-by.
The prophet saw it, looked upon it, felt himself surrounded
by it - Sodom vexed or tormented Lot's righteous soul yet
Lot looked toward Sodom, chose Sodom, dwelt in it and
sat in its gates.
The V-word - VIOLENCE
Habakkuk speaks in the person of the righteous who is
grieved at the wickedness he sees around.
v. 2 - "O Lord, how long shall I cry"
v. 5 - "I will work a work in your days"
Same said of God to Samuel - I Samuel 3:11-14
Of Manasseh - II Kings 21:7, 9-13
v. 7 - "their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of
"scoff.....mind change....ordained...for judgment"
v. 13 - God's holiness cannot endure the sight of wickedness
nor His mercy the sight of man' misery!
Up to the time of the Chaldean invasion Jehoiakim, nor his
people thought such a conquest was possible.
So the antediluvians knew not till the Flood came and took
them all away - Matt. 24:39
So shall the coming of the Son of man be - II Peter 3:1-10
The Judgment of the great day will surprise the ungodly of the
world and a sleeping church!
Learn that no good man can be indifferent to the moral and
spiritual character of the age in which he lives!
That good men bear the best interest of their country before
God in prayer - that God is on the side of the righteous
even when iniquity seems to triumph, that God hears
prayers even when He delays or appears not to hear them!
Suffering is the royal road to moral and spiritual perfection
v. 1 - "I will stand upon my watch" - David served his
v.2 - Who ever reads this announcement run and publish
it to all within reach - use all dispatch in making the
Divine message known.
"the vision" - "all plain to him that understandeth" - Prov. 8:9
makes "wise the simple" - Ps. 19:7 - a "wayfaring
man, though a fool will not err therein" - Is. 35:8
v.3 - the world power in the end typified by Babylon
will be overthrown
"it will not tarry" - "the day of the Lord will come"
vs. 4-5 - contrast of an evil character with the one who lives by
faith - those who wish to be independent of God shall
perish but the righteous shall live and be saved through
his faith in God!
"the just shall live by faith" - in one sentence all true religion.
Proud...puffed up...arrogant...haughtiness will eventually
culminate in antichrist.
"without faith it is impossible to please God" - Heb. 11:6
Faith and holiness are inseparably connected in NT
insatiable - "cannot be satisfied" - compelled to disgorge
them in due time - "naked came I out of my mother's womb
and naked I shall return thither" - Job 1:21
"of dust thou art and to dust thou shalt return"
vs. 9-10 - men think that riches will add comfort and increase
their happiness - they desire the mental gratification
then seek it for the lustre in others' eyes it is supposed
"sinned against thy soul" - "riches profit not in the day of
wrath" - Prov. 11:4 Ezek. 7:19 Zeph. 1:18
v. 11 - the tie-beam out of the timber work shall "take up the
refrain" and answer the stone from the wall.
Luke 19:40 - "I tell you if these should hold their peace,
the stones would immediately cry out"
v. 13 - "weary themselves for very vanity"
What is here said of Babylon is true of all earthly things
and ought to moderate men's desires in running after them.
v. 14 - All the earth is to be filled with, and recognize the
glory of God as manifested in the overthrow of
ungodliness - a time is looked forward to establish-
ment of Messiah's kingdom which shall "break in
pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and shall
stand for ever" - Dan. 2:44
In the overthrow of mystery Babylon men will see a
display of Jehovah's character and power never seen
v. 18 - "Thou shalt have no other gods before me"
"Thou shalt not make a graven image"
Idolatry: brings a curse - Deut. 27:15
brings endless sorrow (sorrows multiplied) -Ps. 16:4
brings everlasting death - Rev. 21:8
"a teacher of lies" - II Thess. 2:11-12 - "God shall
send them strong delusion that they should believe
a lie (because they received not the love of the truth -
v. 10)......damned....believed not....pleasure in
The highest glory of the universe is God's presence in it!
Man's truest hope springs from the vicinity of God!
The finest worship may at times be inaudible.
v. 2 - "in wrath remember mercy"
v. 6 - "His ways are everlasting' - "Jesus Christ the same
yesterday, today and for ever" - as God acted of
old, so He acts now - the eternal, unchangeable
purpose and operation of God are contrasted with
the disruption of the everlasting hills.
v. 16 - "my lips quivered" - this word is used of
the tingling of the ears in I Sam. 3:11 and
II Kings 21:12 - Manasseh again!
(for the sensation of tingling of the ears, take your palms
and box both ears at the same time)
"that I might rest in the day of trouble"
Let a man lose what he may, so long as he has God and
Jesus Christ, the Bible and the throne of grace, with the
gift of forgiveness and the hope of heaven - he is not
What remains to the good man after the departure of
creature comforts is the BEST PART OF HIS ESTATE!
The Source of all strength, whether physical, intellectual
or spiritual, for the human being, is God!
This Divine strength is indispensable for enabling the soul
to cling to God in the day of trouble.
The idea here is the tenaciousness to hold on like the feet
of a female deer, which quickly senses danger and bounds
along with safety among the crags and cliffs of its native
The language is descriptive of one who, in the season of
adversity, in the hour of trial, temptation and danger, is
quick to discern, eager in adopting, and steadfast in
pursuing the path of duty and safety.
"He maketh me to walk in mine high places"
"our sufficiency is of God" - II Cor. 3:5