In the Old Testament, there have been a few short books over the past few days. Today’s OT readings come from Habbakuk. All I knew of that prior to today was the title.
It is a cry for help to the Lord by the prophet Habbakuk. He demands to know what the Lord will do to punish those who have brought such mystery to his people.
As the world still mourns the murdered school children of Peshawar, any of these verses would be appropriate. And the Lord’s replies would bring comfort.
But I would like to stay with Revelations until the end of the year. The sense of desperation and loss are also relevant, but there is no comfort to be had. The thousands of people who are witnessing the blowing of the Angel’s trumpets are about to be tormented.
First by a swarm of locusts. But these are far worse than the natural locusts which plagued Egypt. These ones sting like scorpions and torture the people for five months.
“Their king is the angel from the bottomless pit; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon —the Destroyer. (Revelation 9:11 NLT)”
My mind makes a connection between the murders and the unnatural locusts. They too seem to have come from The Pit. And their king is the Destroyer.