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2016 April 4

Plague Picture (1516-1518)
Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1472 - 1553)
German Renaissance Style
Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Habakkuk 3, as Habakkuk sees the pestilence coming in advance of the coming of the LORD, he prays for mercy upon God's people and says, "in wrath remember mercy" (v. 2). The LORD goes forth and all of nature - the heavens and the earth - bow and scatter before him; the nations tremble before his indignation and chastening. Having seen this great overturning and the devastation of the produce of field and flock, Habakkuk yet rejoices in God himself who is his strength and who will cause him to stand in affliction (17-19).
     [Sermons: Alistair Begg. J V Fesko. John Macarthur. G I Williamson 1. G I Williamson 2. ].
     NOTE: On the Opening and Closing Comments in Habakkuk 3:
          [Habakkuk's Psalm begins with the name of the composer (Habakkuk) and a musical notation ("upon Shigionoth").
          It closes with a dedication or a "send to" notice ("To the chief singer on my stringed instruments").
          (The introductory material in the Psalms also seem to be arranged in accord with this model in Habakkuk.) ]
     Today's image shows people being protected from a plague, which, as mentioned in today's chapter, is one of God's instruments of judgment against the wicked.

          THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Josiah (640-609 B.C.): 1 Kings 13:2; 2 Kings 21:24 - 2 Kings 23:34; 2 Chronicles 33:25 - 2 Chronicles 35:26; Jeremiah 1:1-3; Jeremiah 3:6. Jehoahaz [Shallum] (609 B.C.): 2 Kings 23:30-34; 2 Chronicles 36:1-3; Jeremiah 22:11. Jehoiakim (609-597 B.C.): 2 Kings 23:34-37; 2 Kings 24:1-6; 2 Chronicles 36:4-8; Jeremiah 22:18; Jeremiah 26:21-23; Jeremiah 36; Daniel 1:1-2. Jehoiachin [Jeconiah, Coniah] (597 B.C.): 2 Kings 24:6-17; 2 Kings 25:27-30; 2 Chronicles 36:8-10; Jeremiah 52:31-34; Ezekiel 1:1-3. Zedekiah (597-586 B.C.): 2 Kings 24:17-20; 2 Kings 25; 2 Chronicles 36:10-23; Jeremiah 21; Jeremiah 22; Jeremiah 24:8; Jeremiah 27; Jeremiah 28; Jeremiah 29; Jeremiah 32; Jeremiah 33; Jeremiah 34; Jeremiah 37; Jeremiah 38; Jeremiah 39; Jeremiah 44:30; Jeremiah 49:34-39; Jeremiah 51:59-64; Jeremiah 52. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]

Habakkuk 3

2. The Agreement With Jehovah (3:1 - 3:19) - 609 B.C., Israel
Habakkuk's Psalm of Trust - (Habakkuk Worships God in His Sorrow) - (3:1-19)

Composer and Musical Notation

     1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth.
Habakkuk's Psalm

     2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
     3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah.
     His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power. 5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet. 6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow: his ways are everlasting. 7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble. 8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers? was thine anger against the rivers? was thy wrath against the sea, that thou didst ride upon thine horses and thy chariots of salvation? 9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah.
     Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
     10 The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. 11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. 12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. 13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
     14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. 15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
     16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops.
     17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. 19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.

Dedication or "Send to" Notice

To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

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