The Pride That Brings Woes
- The course of pride (Hab. 2:4-5).
- It proceeds from a rotten heart. (Hab. 2:4).
- It produces a restless life (Hab. 2:5).
- It makes him drunk with his own power.
- It makes him desire what he can never attain.
- The contrast with pride (Hab. 2:4).
- The just shall live by faith!
- Faithfulness brings the satisfaction that pride can never provide.
- They can endure the suffering of the captivity because they are satisfied to trust in Jehovah.
- 2 Cor. 12:7-10
- Rom. 1:17, our satisfaction is in the gospel’s power to save!
- Heb. 10:34
- Captivity was coming but the just would live by faith.
The Five Woes of the Wicked (cf. Matt. 23:13-36)
- Woe to the plunderer (Hab. 2:6).
- The charge: taking that which is not his.
- The consequences: the plunderers shall be plundered!
- Woe to the covetous (Hab. 2:9).
- The charge: coveting evil gain.
- The consequences: shame (Hab. 2:10), sin (Hab. 2:10-11).
- Woe to the violent (Hab. 2:12).
- The charge: violence seen in the use of slave labor and lack of concern for life.
- The consequences:
- The destruction of Babylon (Hab. 2:13).
- Their destruction would demonstrate the power of Jehovah! (cf. Ex. 14:30-31).
- Woe to the drunkard (Hab. 2:15).
- The charge: using power to take away dignity and honor. The power is compared to strong drink.
- The consequences: Shame and retribution!
- Woe to the idolater (Hab. 2:19).
- The charge: idolatry.
- The consequences: No profit, no performance! (cf. Isa. 44:18-20; Jer. 50:38).
- The contrast: What the dumb, dead, idols have no power to do, Jehovah is powerful to accomplish! (Hab. 2:20).
- The conclusion: Let all obey Jehovah!
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