Sunday, August 30, 2015

Habakkuk 2:2-3 is not about casting vision.

Habakkuk 2:2-3 is not about casting vision.  The passage reads as follows: "Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end--it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay." This does not mean to write down the vision you have for your church so that you and others can run with it.  Habakkuk is complaining about the Lord allowing wicked people to get away with their wickedness.  God responds by telling Habakkuk to write the vision down.  The vision is not Habakkuk's own but the one that God is giving him at that moment, which is the book of Habakkuk.  God wants Habakkuk to write his words down, so that he and others (including the wicked) can be reminded that the wicked will be punished at the appropriate time (10 years later, in this case).  This is not about our churches' vision statements.  This is about Habakkuk's immediate problem at the time.  The "running" in the passage refers to the wicked seeing the written prophecy and running away in panic at the impending doom.