This is the Truth Network. Bible wonders of Habakkuk. Oh, the profundity. I'm not a big person on big words, but that word is perfect for like, oh, the profundity of this being the Mem verse, the Messiah letter, the 13th verse. I mean, yeah, the 13th verse in the first chapter of Habakkuk and the Mem being the letter that starts the word Messiah, Moses, in so many different ways that this blows my mind. It does, that this is the Mem verse as maybe this will be helpful.
It sure is helpful for me. The letter Mem begins the word manna. And as you may know that when the Israelites saw the manna, the question was, what is this stuff, right? So the word manna is a question, like what or why or wherefore. And so the big part of this particular verse is Habakkuk's question. And again, if you think of manna being our daily bread, those who are disciples have great questions.
And so when you got a question like why or what or wherefore, the only way you're going to get fed is if you're hungry. And so this is definitely a wherefore. And of course, then there's the idea of the Messiah being Jesus. And that connection to this verse, I think you will see is beyond spectacular. Like, oh, and see being an operating word because this verse has so much to do with vision. And where there's no vision, the people perish.
Oh my goodness. So here comes verse 13 in English, wherefore thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity? Wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? And I was just blown away at this question that wherefore is the manna in the verse, okay? When he said that, and when you look at that word wherefore, it is the word manna.
I mean, it literally is a mem and a hey, which is the word manna. And boy, is it the manna in the verse because that question is how a basket got fed. Like that question as both Matthew, Henry and Rashi honed right in on that being the critical part of the verse.
And the two places that they went, they went in two completely different places, but both are spectacular. Rashi went to 2 Kings chapter 25 in the story of Zedekiah, who got his eyes burned out as a result of Nebuchadnezzar taking over. And he had to watch his sons being brutally murdered. And then that was the last thing he ever saw before they put out his eyes.
And so the picture of that and what Rashi had said was that the burden that Habakkuk did see was this idea that poor Zedekiah would have to watch this unbelievably horrible thing of his sons being murdered and then his eyes put out. And so this particular verse, if you look, it starts out with God's eyes and how could he see this and how could he regard these people that would do such things is part of the vision of what's in this verse. And what Matthew Henry goes to, which I thought was equally profound, and that idea of profundity, is how could God stand by and let Cain kill Abel? It's the same.
It's a similar question, right? Like, God, how could you stand by and let, you know, because clearly God was right in on the scene. You see that in the book of Genesis, chapter four, it's really a sad beyond sad thing. And that question, I mean, just to get to the heart of the verse, what God showed me was, oh my goodness, the reason why is because of a number of things. Number one, the price of sin is death, right? And oh, the horrible price of treason.
There's a scene in Braveheart right before that he gets brutally murdered, that he, you know, the guy says, now behold the horrible price of treason. Well, unfortunately, Adam had to pay the horrible price of treason as his son would be murdered by his other son, you know, not unlike David, who saw the same kind of thing. And now we see, unfortunately, you know, Zedekiah is having to watch the same kind of thing. Well, when you think about it, the worst price possible of treachery was that God himself would have to watch his own son be murdered.
Okay. I mean, that's clearly what Zedekiah experienced. It's what Adam experienced through Cain and Abel. And it's what God himself would see that the horrible price of treason was the death of the firstborn, the death of the son.
I mean, right there in front of his eyes. But see, you see Habakkuk and you see Robbie Delmore that, that if God did not allow such things, I couldn't ever be together with him for eternity. The reason why Habakkuk is because Jesus had to die in front of his father. The reason why Abel had to die was God was painting a picture for Adam of the price that he himself would pay for the sin that he committed.
Like, oh my goodness, what a, what a picture that we are seeing. And so now to think that, wow, this is the men verse really. Not only is it got the manna in it, that we all desperately need to see the answer. Why, you know, I think about the ultimate disciple, you know, in the book, Robinson Cruz. So, um, his man Friday, as he becomes a disciple, he asked that same question.
It was a manna question, right? He said, why God, no kill devil. Well, here we see the, the brutal answer to that is the devil got Adam into this deal. And as the devil would kill the first born of the God, he would get us out of the deal.
Okay. But God obviously got us out of the deal, but he used the devil in order to make that happen. And he continues to use suffering in order to, for us to commune with God as only we can through suffering, you know, which is grows us to be things that were not. But as we ask these great questions, right, as we ask why and wherefore, that's the question that Habakkuk asked.
And we said, what's this about? These questions are what brings us the food, our daily bread, right? As you're looking at a verse, whatever that verse may be, or you're wondering about something that you saw. And again, the more scripture you get in you, the more water you got in you, you know, the more possibility you have for Shalom, because Shalom is that mixture of water and fire. And that it comes in harmony because of what Jesus did on the cross. And so I can't tell you that the joy that God gave me in the profundity of this verse being the members in both Habakkuk's answer, but also the beauty of Habakkuk's question.
Like I know we saw that, you know, we think the same thing, right? But due to my own family issues, I can see what God is teaching me through this Memverse, the profundity of this idea of what God, about the horrible price of sin. However, God wanted Cain to live. God wanted Nebuchadnezzar to live. God wants you to live. And because of that, there's a horrible price that has to be paid. But we can understand the story. You see, if we get up every morning and go for that manna, I hope, in fact, I know I'm singing the choir because the reason you listen to this whole podcast is you're going for the manna. Thanks for listening.
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