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Habakkuk 2:15-20, The Woes of the Wicked

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

What use is an idol once its maker has shaped it— a cast image, a teacher of lies?
— Habakkuk 2:18

NL Daily Devotion for Thursday, December 6, 2018


by Daniel D. Maurer, Clergy Stuff

Today’s snippet of reading (above) isn’t so much an insult to this or that particular group of people (and certainly not YOU).

It’s more a revealing of what’s going on with humanity in general.

In short—we are idol construction machines!

God clarifies once again that God is God. And God alone.

When we piecemeal God’s actions on earth into little bits of “right” and “wrong”, we tend to miss the point.

God is . . . and simply is.

An idol may LOOK similar to the power of God, but not only will it never replace God, but will turn out to turn against us and consume us.

That’s how important faithfulness to God alone is!

Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Habakkuk 2:15-20

‘Alas for you who make your neighbors drink,
   pouring out your wrath until they are drunk,
   in order to gaze on their nakedness!’
You will be sated with contempt instead of glory.
   Drink, you yourself, and stagger!
The cup in the Lord’s right hand
   will come around to you,
   and shame will come upon your glory!
For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you;
   the destruction of the animals will terrify you—
because of human bloodshed and violence to the earth,
   to cities and all who live in them.

What use is an idol
   once its maker has shaped it—
   a cast image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in what has been made,
   though the product is only an idol that cannot speak!
Alas for you who say to the wood, ‘Wake up!’
   to silent stone, ‘Rouse yourself!’
   Can it teach?
See, it is plated with gold and silver,
   and there is no breath in it at all.

But the Lord is in his holy temple;
   let all the earth keep silence before him!

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