This is the Truth Network. Bible Wonders of Habakkuk. Oh, what a connected dots passage do we have today. It sure is connected a lot of dots for me today in Habakkuk chapter 1 verse 4, which would be the Dalud verse, which in its own way is a door to much understanding in my opinion, which the Dalud meaning door sometimes. And humility, it's kind of like a doorway.
And so we'll read it in English and we'll jump right in. So therefore, the law is slacked and judgment doth never go forth for the wicked doth compass about the righteous. Therefore, wrong judgment proceedeth. So, wow, that's a mouthful. And there are some really telltale words in here that I think can send us into beautiful places. Rashi and Matthew Henry both commented that that word compass about is the exact same word from the 22nd Psalm that you might remember is, you know, that the wicked were compassing about Jesus as the 22nd Psalm is so clearly about the crucifixion.
And when you think about Jesus being compasses about, you can see this kind of thing where evil was all around him. And then perhaps because of that, we can see in Matthew 26, some amazing connections that I've seen and I've just like wondered like, oh my goodness, how beautiful is this, that if this is connected to this, and I just wanted to perhaps as I studied the idea of the law went slack. You know, that word, Matthew Henry on that word slack is this if it quit breathing, because the word starts with the letter pay.
And that pay is like a mouth. And so as as Matthew Henry would talk about that the word that the mouth stopped talking in its own way, it stopped breathing. It also, that word can mean to grow cold or to grow foggy.
In modern Hebrew, the word actually does mean foggy. But the fascinating thing is, if you think about it, Jesus is the law. And I've always been perplexed. And I'm sure a lot of folks have thought about why did Jesus not say much at his trial? And perhaps what we're seeing here is Habakkuk giving us a process of what happens as evil does all these things that we talked about the previous chapter, that the law goes silent. And it's interesting to me that Jesus was silent right here. And so I'm going to read this passage from Matthew from Matthew Chapter 26, picking it up at 62 at verse 62 and the high priest arose and said unto him, answer thou nothing as it which these that witness against thee. But Jesus held his peace and the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure you by the living God that thou tellest whether thou be the son of that thou be the Christ, the son of God. And Jesus said unto him, Thou has said, Nevertheless, I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the son of man sitting on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He has spoken blasphemy.
What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. Well, when Jesus says the son of man there, he's he's making reference to Daniel Chapter seven, which clearly shows that he is the son of the son of man.
And it's really cool when you think about it. And I saw it in the new light this morning that Jesus is still completely a man and still completely God. And so what Daniel's vision was is that here this one as a son of man, right, that that literally he is he is the son of God and the son of Mary, and he is still a man and he is still God. And he and this is what he's telling the high priest that he's he's going to see this this. And then clearly he did or, you know, as you know, time would proceed, he would see it.
And so, you know, it's an amazing thing as we begin to connect these dots right here is that Habakkuk to me was seeing this process. And well, maybe before we do that, I would read the passage in Daniel Chapter seven, because I also think this is critical to this understanding where the son of man is presented. It's in Daniel Chapter seven. I'm a read verses thirteen and fourteen.
It says, I saw on the night visions and behold, one like the son of man came with the clouds of heaven and came to the ancient of days and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion and glory and kingdom that all people, nations and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. So going back to our verse, as you think about what Habakkuk is saying here in the process of evil and what's going on. But it's interesting that the law goes slack. I mean, that's the word that it's that it's translated there, or the law goes silent and judgment doth never go forth. And that word never is eternally.
Well, if you think about it, and I did that, I've thought a lot about it, like. What happened to Jesus was not just and will never be just. It happened, but it was not just, but it made us all just. It's it's fascinating what, you know, obviously Satan meant for evil.
God meant for good. But the truth is that that really that judgment of justice really never went forth. And it says for the wicked doth compass about the righteous, therefore wrong judgment proceedeth, which is exactly what did happen.
Wrong judgment proceeded. But when you think about Jesus's faith in the front of that and in the side of that and all that went on there, it's absolutely spectacular. And so, as I said to me, I mean, this connects so many dots as to why Jesus was silent, was like, God has this.
It's going to be awesome. This is going to go forth. This wrong action is going to go forth in order to serve the purposes of God. And in its own way, Habakkuk is explaining the process without realizing that he's explaining the process of what is going to happen with Jesus, that the righteous will be able to live by faith, which is where Habakkuk is actually going, obviously, in the second chapter. But it's it's it's as a result of the law going slack here and and the you know, these evil people encompassing the righteous. And so I think it's an amazing passage. Of course, you can translate these words, you know, how you wish and see which what you think you see. But as I look into this and I look into my life, I think of how many times we see this happen. Right.
That all this striving and all this inequity and all this violence and these things that Habakkuk is talking about. And it would appear that the law is silent. All of a sudden, I'm terribly encouraged.
I really am encouraged because it's like Jesus was telling us by him being silent that God has this. It's OK. You don't have to cry out and scream and yell. Yes, you need to pray. Yes, you need to do what's right. Yes, you need to follow Jesus.
Yes, you need to go to God, turn into him and like Habakkuk, give him a hug and and get your instruction from him. But it's perfectly OK that the law goes silent because, like Jesus's faith, we need to have the great faith to know that the righteous shall live by faith, even if injustice goes forth. It's an amazing thing.
And for me, this passage has really brought me some beautiful things as I can see Jesus as a man, as the son of man in a beautiful way through the prophet Daniel. And I can also see that there are times when the law goes silent, you know, like on 9-11. Right. Those those towers went down. And in truth broadcasting today, you know, we're facing a terrible tragedy.
Somebody has cut down three of our towers for one of our radio stations. And it seems that the law is silence. It seems that justice doesn't go forth. But, you know, God is still in control and he has this. And I love, love, love where God is pushing my faith through this understanding. I hope he's doing the same for you. I appreciate so much you listening today. God bless.
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