Metaphysical Bible Interpretation of Habakkuk Chapter 2
Metaphysically Interpreting Habakkuk 2:1-5
2:1I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will look forth to see what he will speak with me, and what I shall answer concerning my complaint. 2:2And Jehovah answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. 2:3For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hasteth toward the end, and shall not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not delay. 2:4Behold, his soul is puffed up, it is not upright in him; but the righteous shall live by his faith. 2:5Yea, moreover, wine is treacherous, a haughty man, that keepeth not at home; who enlargeth his desire as Sheol, and he is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all peoples.
May 12, 1940: Habakkuk 2:1-4
What is the tower on which man stands to search out the solution of his problems? The tower of faith lifts him above the low level of doubt and skepticism into the clear air of understanding. Faith gives man a wider view of Truth than he can otherwise gain.
What is the condition most necessary to understanding? Patience is most necessary. Impatience denotes the immature state of mind.
Is it possible for those who wish to do right to remain safe and unmolested in the world without using force? Whoever wills to do right and has faith in the good can live safely and remain unmolested as long as he lives by his faith. If he trusts the good utterly and rests upon that trust, he is protected from evil and remains quiet, without fear.
June 4, 1950: Habakkuk 2:1-4
Since God is Absolute Good and there is none other, how can the appearance in the world of both good and evil be explained? The appearance of evil can be explained by the fact that man has duality of consciousness, perceiving both the false and the true. We are free to view life as we choose, to make and accept mental pictures of either good or evil. Until we train ourselves to behold the good only, we shall have some negative views and reactions or shall behold evil along with the good in life.
Why is not our every prayer always answered immediately? Because we do not always observe the conditions governing the answer to prayer. Our consciousness of divine law and willingness to let the divine law govern our daily affairs make conditions that are favorable to the manifestation of the answer to prayer. Ignorance of the law and failure to observe it interfere with the entrance of Truth into the mind and heart, and without Truth prayer is not answered.
What does the name Habakkuk mean, and what does it denote metaphysically? The name means “embracing, enfolding,” “a struggler.” Metaphysically it denotes the clearness of vision in us that gives us discernment of the causes of events within our own life.
Metaphysically Interpreting Habakkuk 2:6-20
2:6Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and that ladeth himself with pledges! 2:7Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booty unto them? 2:8Because thou hast plundered many nations, all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder thee, because of men's blood, and for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all that dwell therein.
2:9Woe to him that getteth an evil gain for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the hand of evil! 2:10Thou hast devised shame to thy house, by cutting off many peoples, and hast sinned against thy soul. 2:11For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.
2:12Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! 2:13Behold, is it not of Jehovah of hosts that the peoples labor for the fire, and the nations weary themselves for vanity? 2:14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Jehovah, as the waters cover the sea. 2:15Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, to thee that addest thy venom, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 2:16Thou art filled with shame, and not glory: drink thou also, and be as one uncircumcised; the cup of Jehovah's right hand shall come round unto thee, and foul shame shall be upon thy glory. 2:17For the violence done to Lebanon shall cover thee, and the destruction of the beasts, which made them afraid; because of men's blood, and for the violence done to the land, to the city and to all that dwell therein.
2:18What profiteth the graven image, that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, even the teacher of lies, that he that fashioneth its form trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 2:19Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise! Shall this teach? Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
February 2, 1941: Habakkuk 2:15
How can we make sure that our influence over others is good? We influence others for good, when we quicken and exalt our conscience, so that it leads us to entertain only the highest thoughts and best impulses of the heart. We thus discharge our responsibility to others.
Can one be “unclothed” emotionally and spiritually? Yes. Anger is a venom that destroys the covering of self-control and reveals man's natural traits at their worst.
October 26, 1941: Habakkuk 2:12
Is intemperance chiefly a lack of control in matters of food and drink? No. Consciousness of power also may be used intemperately, as when a leader of men “buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity.” The misuse of power over others entails “woe.”
Transcribed by Lloyd Kinder on 01-24-2014