Habakkuk 1:1-2:1

The passage set for reading today is divided up in the NIV as 1:2-4 Habakkuk’s Complaint; 1:5-11; The Lord’s Answer; and 1:12-2:1 Habakkuk’s Second Complaint.

“Habakkuk was probably a contemporary of Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Nahum, and possibly Joel”. He sits in that juncture of history where Assyria was in rapid decline, Babylon was in the ascendancy, and Israel was on its way to captivity in Babylon.

Our passage for today should be read with thoughtfulness and prayer. God will vindicate His Name and His people though nations will come and go under the judgement of God.

Our world is a world under judgement, judgement which will have an ultimate and final expression. 1 Peter 2:11-12 gives counsel as to the way we are to operate at this point in God’s dealing with our world.

Habakkuk’s resolve in 2:1 is a stance we too might well adopt.


On the Way to the Cross

Luke 18:31-43

This account shows wonderfully the great love of the Lord Jesus.

Before him is the prospect of his own agonizing death as God’s Lamb to take away the sin of the world. But that momentous prospect, with all that it will entail, does not block his ears to the cry of just one single blind beggar. Both truths, or both expressions of the one truth, rightly draw our praise and thanksgiving. He cares eternally.