January, 2021


A WILD CELEBRATION!

A WILD CELEBRATION!  A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet on shigionoth. “Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy (Hab. 3: 1-2). What is the meaning of shigionoth? “Shiggaion, from the verb shagah, “to reel about through drink”, …Continue reading →

THE WOES OF WICKEDNESS

THE WOES OF WICKEDNESS Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! . . . Woe to him who builds his house by unjust gain, setting his nest on high to escape the clutches of ruin . . . Woe to him who build s city with bloodshed and establishes a town with injustice …Continue reading →

PAY BACK TME IS COMING

PAY BACK TME IS COMING Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, ‘Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion? How long must this go on?’ Will not your creditors suddenly arise? Will they not wake up and make you tremble? Then you will become their prey. Because you …Continue reading →

THE BABYLONIAN ASPIRATION

THE BABYLONIAN ASPIRATION See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright – indeed, wine betrays him; he is arrogant and never at rest. Because he is as greedy as the grave and like death is never satisfied, he gathers to himself all the nations and takes captive all the peoples (Hab. 2: 4a; 5). What was the …Continue reading →

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH . . . The righteous person will live by his faithfulness (Hab. 2: 4b). I cannot leave this verse without giving it fuller treatment because of its importance in Scripture. “This great principle – “the just shall live by faith” – so inflamed the soul of Martin Luther that it became the watchword of …Continue reading →

A SURPRISING REVELATION

A SURPRISING REVELATION Then the Lord replied, ‘Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and not delay. “See, the enemy is puffed …Continue reading →

THE PROPHET’S DESPAIR

THE PROPHET’S DESPAIR You have made people like the fish in the sea, like the sea creatures that have no ruler. The wicked foe pulls all of them up with hooks, he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet; and so he rejoices and is glad. Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense …Continue reading →

THE DILEMMA DEEPENS

THE DILEMMA DEEPENS Lord, are you not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, you will never die. You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too holy to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the …Continue reading →

GOD IS RAISING UP THE BABYLONIANS

GOD IS RAISING UP THE BABYLONIANS Look at the nations and watch – and be utterly amazed. For I am doing something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told. I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. They are …Continue reading →

WHY DOES GOD SIT ON HIS HANDS?

WHY DOES GOD SIT ON HIS HANDS? The prophecy that Habakkuk the prophet received. ‘How long, LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrongdoing? Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife, and …Continue reading →