There are some parts of the Bible, even the “Old Testament,” that need very little adjustment in order to have clear and direct meaning to today. What do you think of this from Habakkuk, ch 1?
2 How long, O LORD, must I call for help, but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.
God has some input for Habakkuk in response to these concerns.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own.
7 They are a feared and dreaded people;
they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor.
8 Their horses are swifter than leopards, fiercer than wolves at dusk.
Their cavalry gallops headlong; their horsemen come from afar.
They fly like a vulture swooping to devour;
9 they all come bent on violence …
10 … They laugh at all fortified cities … they … capture them.
11 Then they sweep past like the wind and go on –
guilty men, whose own strength is their god.”
Afghanistan, Iraq, next Iran, maybe Hamas … they capture them. Then they sweep past like the wind and go on.
14 You have made men like fish in the sea, like sea creatures that have no ruler.
15 … he catches them in his net, he gathers them up in his dragnet;
and so he rejoices and is glad.
16 Therefore he sacrifices to his net and burns incense to his dragnet,
for by his net he lives in luxury and enjoys the choicest food.
17 Is he to keep on emptying his net, destroying nations without mercy?