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God’s Answers Habakkuk’s Second Plea

👑 “I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer WHEN I AM CORRECTED. Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, THAT HE MAY RUN THAT READS IT. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; BUT THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY HIS FAITH. “Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home. Because he enlarges his desire as hell, And he is like death, and cannot be satisfied, He gathers to himself all nations And heaps up for himself all peoples.” ~ Habakkuk 2:1-5

Note:

Most bible experts agree that Habakkuk’s conversation with God centers on Israel’s rebellious refusal to repent from sin and God’s response – bringing a foreign nation in to its land as God’s corrective rod of punishment; that being the nation of the Chaldeans.

Habakkuk fears the obvious – that his people, the Jews, and his nation – will remain in bondage forever to a wicked people whom despised God’s holiness.

Herein lies the contradiction. Israel already had God’s favor and yet, chose to rebel against God. In response – God is bringing punishment against His people and nation by allowing a wicked rebellious nation more wicked than they – to overwhelm them.

Habakkuk is slowly beginning to see that God doesn’t deal with mankind the way mankind might deal with itself. No. God measures out punishment as a preparation for genuine repentance; drawing His own back to a right priority of obedience toward He rather than self and the world.

Do you think God may be dealing with His bride – the church that is Jesus Christ – in the same manner today? Might He be allowing our suffering as a nations so that we might examine ourselves properly and returning to right standing toward He? 💕

Sinning Against the Lord

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“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” (2 Samuel 12:13)

A basic truth is expressed in this confession of David’s: Every sin—not only the sin of blasphemy or of unbelief—is essentially a sin against the Lord and His nature of absolute righteousness.

This does not mean, of course, that sin hurts no one except God. In David’s case, his sin resulted in the murder of a faithful soldier, Uriah; the implication of Bathsheba in David’s adultery; and then the death of his infant son. It probably also contributed to the subsequent sins of two other sons of David, Amnon and Absalom. Furthermore, as Nathan said, it had “given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme” (v. 14).

Nevertheless, it was, above all else, a sin against God. God had chosen David as king and had blessed him abundantly, yet David was not content and elected to make his own decisions in rebellion against the will of God and the Word of God. But when he was made to realize, by Nathan, what he had done, he immediately repented of his sin, and thereby received forgiveness.

God, in His grace, has made a wonderful provision for forgiveness and restoration because “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Therefore, “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7, 9).

Confession must be specific and sincere, of course, not general and superficial, to be effective. But if this is done, then we can exclaim joyfully with David: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered,” because he first, as he said, “acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid” (Psalm 32:1, 5). HMM

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