Answering ‘Where’s Justice’

Hab 1:5-11 “Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own. They are dreaded and fearsome; their justice and dignity go forth from themselves. Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour. They all come for violence, all their faces forward. They gather captives like sand. At kings they scoff, and at rulers they laugh. They laugh at every fortress, for they pile up earth and take it. Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!”

In Lord’s answer to Habukkuk’s first complaint He makes it clear that He is neither deaf nor indifferent (1:5). He then explains His divine plan (1:6-11). In this plan a powerful enemy (1:6) is used to address Judah’s problem of evil. This passage goes on at considerable length to describe the Chaldeans: they are bitter and hasty, they have a powerful military, they steal property (1:6), they are feared, they live by the axiom “might makes right” (1:7), they are fast, fierce, proud (1:8), violent, determined, kidnappers (1:9), disrespectful and unstoppable (1:9), and completely full of themselves (1:10). The Chaldeans are a taskmaster that will certainly be able to teach Judah a lesson about evil. Babylon first turned its attention toward Assyria, destroying Nineveh in 612 BC. They then turned South to defeat Pharaoh in 605 BC. At that point Babylon began rolling its conquering armies through Palestine taking captives from various cities and towns in the region of Judah. Although God does not explain exactly how He will use the Chaldeans in this passage, 1:9 describes this enemy as one which takes captives like the sand. This prophecy was fulfilled with conquests and the taking of exiles by Babylon culminating in the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC.

Have you ever felt that God used one of your enemies against another to your benefit?

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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One Response to Answering ‘Where’s Justice’

  1. Bee says:

    Hmm… not sure if I have experienced God raising up one enemy to fight another.. but I have experienced where God raised up something “negative” in my life to be used as a catalyst to sift out the truth and bring it to the surface.

    You know sometimes we would never empty the trash unless we smelled the stink… the stink can be a good thing. haha

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