Habakkuk 2: 1-11

Injustice can not go unnoticed.  God sees time from a broader perspective.  Justice will ultimately win out.  It is strange that injustice can be used to execute justice by God in the short run.  However, in the end all of the injustice is finally repaid and the bank account is balanced.  In other religions people have seen this law at work over time and developed a concept of karma.  We see that God has designed the world with moral causality and in the end what you have got away with in the short run will be a horror to you.

  1. How do the righteous endure?
  2. What does the unrighteous man not have (v. 5)?
  3. What happens to those who plunder many nations?
  4. How do we see a righteous reaction to unjust action in this passage?
  5. What is the moral reaction to the immorality in the USA?

Going Deeper

Observation

  • What can we see about the one whose desires are not upright?
  • How is the appetite of death described?
  • What do debtors and creditors do with one who makes himself wealthy through extortion?
  • When you plan the ruin of many people what do you forfeit?
  • What building materials gain a voice in verse11?

Interpretation

  • How will their sin find out the Babylonians?
  • How is death an appropriate image for the appetite of Babylon?
  • How does the accumulation of wealth bring trouble?
  • How does scheming against others harm the schemer?
  • Do inanimate objects speak of God and, in this case, matters of justice?

Application

  • Does your pursuit of the American dream kill you?
  • Has your nation acted unjustly?  In the long run what is the consequence for injustice by a nation?
  • Are you able to write using dark imagery about godly topics?
  • How are your schemes hurting you and others?
  • Is there a situation where you can be comforted knowing that ultimately justice will prevail?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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