2016-04-03 - Habakkuk
The Second Woe
Second Woe: This expands on the previous woe. This describes how Babylon used its ill-gotten gain. The nation was concerned with its own security, to the extent that it was willing to destroy all who stood in its way. It was concerned with building its reputation, and using security by making destruction was its instrument.
Keeping in mind this is poetry, we are told the very walls and stones would cry out against the wickedness of the Babylonians. What a contrast to another similar passage.
“And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”” (Luke 19:39-40 ESV)
Here, before the world, the stones cry out to condemn Babylon. In Luke, the stones could be considered a testimony of Christ before the world.
To be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.