THE LAMENT of Habakkuk and his vision of supernatural war are the focus of this week’s study.
The prophet, who wrote in the second half of the 7th century B.C. (probably 640-615 B.C.), was shown the destruction coming to the kingdom of Judah from Babylon. But he was also given a vision of God’s victories over chaos — Tiamat, represented by the sea (the god Yamm in Canaanite religion) — and the rebel from Eden, along with a promise of “trouble to come upon the people who invade us.”
ISAIAH PROPHESIED the fall of Babylon before it had risen. At the time of the prophesies we read this week, Assyria was still the dominant power in the ancient Near East, but the phrase, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon,” was revealed to the prophet anyway.
OUR STUDY of the Book of Job continues as we work through chapters 18 through 24. Today, we see Bildad the Shuhite and Eliphaz the Temanite, two of the three friends who’d come to comfort Job, go beyond just criticizing Job to flat-out lying about the wicked things Job must have done to deserve the punishment of God!
Even in the midst of his despair, though, Job remains steadfast in his faith. From chapter 19:
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
(Job 19:25-27 ESV)