Habakkuk Chapter Two part 5, A study of Habakkuk 2:17, Habakkuk 2:18, Habakkuk 2:19, and Habakkuk 2:20 with our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Habakkuk 2:17

"The violence you have done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and your destruction of animals will terrify you. For you have shed man's blood; you have destroyed lands and cities and everyone in them." NIV translation

As Habakkuk waits, the Lord lists the charges against the Babylonians. They simply showed no mercy to men or animal and God says that the blood is on their heads. We notice that they are called to account for their actions against the animals and the land as well as for the blood of the people. The same thing goes for each of us that are in Christ as we will give an account of what we have done with the things that God has placed under our control such as a home, a car, money, etc.

Habakkuk 2:18

"'Of what value is an idol, since a man has carved it? Or an image that teaches lies? For he who makes it trusts in his own creation; he makes idols that cannot speak.'" NIV translation

When this judgment comes, what good are the things that man has created and placed their trust in? The great society that the Babylonians had built had no power to stand against God. The same is true for us today, in that, many are placing their trust and hope in things of this earth and the rulers of this earth. When things get difficult, those things and those leaders will let them down just as it happened with the Babylonians.

Habakkuk 2:19

"'Woe to him who says to wood, "Come to life!" Or to lifeless stone, "Wake up!" Can it give guidance? It is covered with gold and silver; there is no breath in it.'" NIV translation

Here, now, is the fourth time that God has declared "woe" on the Babylonians for their idolatry. We remember that, throughout the Bible, the number four is associated with trials and testing and here the court session is coming to a close as The Judge has made His decision. They have called out to the things that they have made and found no answer. We have to ask ourselves whether we are calling out (trusting) in the things we have made/done or God. We must remember that God's answer is always faith in Him and anything less is idolatry.

Habakkuk 2:20

"'But the Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth be silent before him.'" NIV translation

Whether we acknowledge Him now or not, God is still on the throne and in charge. As with the Babylonians, all people will give an account of their lives to God and there will be no reasonable excuses.

Habakkuk Chapter Two Study Quiz