Spiritual Growth Church – Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 – Habakkuk 2:12-20 – Parable to the Prophet


2:12 – This was the method of destruction that built Babylon. They became rich by warfare.

2:14 – This is the far-off goal toward which God is moving. This will be fulfilled when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth (see Isa. 11:9).

2:16 – Drunkenness leads to gross immorality. It leads to divorce. It leads to the breaking up of homes. It leads to a life of sin.

2:18-19 – Actually, drunkenness is not the greatest sin. The greatest sin is idolatry, false religion, turning to an idol instead of turning to God. This is the worst sin of all.

   The downfall of a nation begins in idolatry; it begins in turning away from the living and true God. We would like to think that idolatry has gone out of style, that no one today in this country is bowing down to an idol. That, of course, is not true. Many a man today is worshiping the almighty dollar. Many a man worships sex. Many a man worships pleasure. Many a woman has given her virtue in order to become a famous star or in order to be promoted. May I say to you, anything that you give yourself to, anything that takes all your time or energy, anything that takes all of you is what you worship. That, my brothers and sisters, is your god, that is your idol, and that is what God condemns. God says that He is a jealous God. God says, “I made you. I created you. I have redeemed you. And I want you.” When a man turns his back on God, he is doing the worst thing any man can possibly do.

2:20 – Our problem today is a problem of man’s relationship to God. My brothers and sisters, there is only one alternative, there is only one way out: “The just shall live by his faith” (v.4).