I will climb up to my watchtower
and stand at my guardpost.
There I will wait to see what the Lord says
Waiting on the Lord is important to hear what the Lord says
2 Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
Four things concerning a vision:
1.Write the Vision
2.Make the Vision Easy to Understand
3.Read the Vision as often as you can
4.Run with the Vision (Implement the Vision) (Habakkuk 2:2)
A famous university once did a survey of its graduating class and found that only 3% of its students had written down their life goals on a piece of paper. Some twenty years later, the same university did another survey of that same graduating class and found that only 3% of that graduating class had met their career and financial goals in life. You guessed it… the exact same students who had written down their goals on paper their senior year.
Proverbs 29:18 KJV says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish!” Another version says, “When the people have no vision, they run aimlessly!”
One important quality required for fulfillment of any vision is patience
If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently,
for it will surely take place.
It will not be delayed. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Building a house with money gained dishonestly
“Woe to him who covets evil gain for his house,
That he may set his nest on high,
That he may be delivered from the power of disaster!
10 You give shameful counsel to your house,
Cutting off many peoples,
And sin against your soul.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,
And the beam from the timbers will answer it. (Habakkuk 2:9-11)
Lord Jesus spoke to inanimate objects and they obeyed Him.
Prophet Uebert Angel speaks to cars, electronic gadgets and they obey him.
We encounter it first in Genesis 4:10. There the Lord is confronting Cain after Cain has murdered his brother, Abel. The Lord says to Cain, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground.” Blood crying out?
A similar message is found in Joshua 24. There Joshua is memorializing a covenant that the people have made with the Lord. He takes a large stone and places it under the oak tree by the sanctuary of the Lord. Then he says, “Behold, this stone shall be for a witness against us, for it has heard all the words of the Lord which he spoke to us” (Joshua 24:28). A stone that hears? In Job 31:38, Job employs the idea of his land crying out against him.
Now please take your Bible, turn to Habakkuk 2:9-11, and follow along as I read.
“Alas for you who get evil gain for your houses,
setting your nest on high
to be safe from the reach of harm!”
You have devised shame for your house
by cutting off many peoples;
you have forfeited your life.
The very stones will cry out from the wall,
and the plaster will respond from the woodwork.
Here the prophet addresses someone who has built a house with wealth gained unrighteously. The prophet says that the very stones that comprise the walls of that house will cry out against that person due to the wickedness which built that house.
In the epistle of James in the New Testament a similar word of indictment from an inanimate object is encountered. In Jas 5:4, we read, “Behold, the pay of the laborers who mowed your fields, and which has been withheld by you, cries out against you.” So here we have wages that cry out.
Jewish Rabbinical literature contains the same kind of message. There we also read of the accusing cry of the stone.
I read just this past week that “Some biologists even see the earth as a living organism, which is actively engaged in creating the conditions that support life.” I wonder if the writers were aware of such a close connection between creation and God that they found it easy to believe that the creation communicated what it experienced to the Lord.
Now please turn to Luke 19:28-40 and follow along as I read.
After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ tell him, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
“I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
After all that we have said, I hope that Jesus’ statement that “the stones will cry out” hit you immediately.
“What sorrow awaits you who build cities
with money gained through murder and corruption!
13 Has not the Lord of Heaven’s Armies promised
that the wealth of nations will turn to ashes?
They work so hard,
but all in vain! (Habakkuk 2:12-13)
Politicians use money gained through murder and corruption to build so many things for themselves. It will turn to ashes says the LORD.
“What sorrow awaits you who make your neighbors drunk!
You force your cup on them
so you can gloat over their shameful nakedness.
The Bible clearly prophesies what people will do using alcohol. They will force people to drink alcohol and then see their nakedness. The rapes that we see happening. The LORD has already spoken that these things will take place.
“What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it,
The molded image, a teacher of lies,
That the maker of its mold should trust in it,
To make mute idols?
19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’
To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
Yet in it there is no breath at all. (Habakkuk 2:18-19)
The futility of Idolatry
“But the Lord is in His holy temple.
Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
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