Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Habakkuk 2:12

"Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity!
When Habakkuk asks how God can look upon evil, let alone wield it like an ax, God's response is that He is increasing the punishment of Babylon by allowing them their sins. 
He then says that punishment is certain to come because, He already said so in Deuteronomy 21:8, which I find fascinating.  God reminds Habakkuk in essence, that the guilt of the blood of the land is certain to bring destruction upon the people in it who shed the blood.
Here is how you  know that God will do this thing to Babylon Habakkuk, He promised already a special punishment for nations that behave this way.  Why do you think He is calling the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem?  Their actions, the shedding of blood, has brought the promised curse on the land.  How can He use the Babylonians? Because He has promised to bring destruction on the nation that has abused their gifts from God in this way.  So He summons Babylon to fill up the measure of their iniquity first, and then punish them justly for their sins.

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