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The Righteous Man

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  “Behold, as for the proud one, his soul is not right within him; but the righteous will live by his faith .”           Habakkuk 2:4 In Habakkuk 1, the prophet asks God to explain why the Lord would use such a wicked nation, Babylon, as His instrument of justice toward His people. This does not compute! Yahweh's answer only came after Habakkuk waited a season. God's answer to the believer often comes after a season of waiting (Isaiah 40:31). He contrasts the utter wickedness of the Babylonians to the man who walks by his faith. A more accurate translation may be, The just man, or the righteous man, shall live by his confidence in God . The Lord would eventually restore the Jewish people to their land. The Bible Knowledge Commentary captures the essence of God’s answer: Yahweh then declared that a righteous person, by stark contrast, will live by his faith (em√Ľnah, "steadfastness or faithfulness"). A righteous Israelite who remained loyal to God's moral prec

The Lord Reigns

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  Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; indeed, the world is firmly established [ kun – fixed, steadfast] , it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity [righteously].”    Psalm 96:10 Scripture is clear that creation is the work of God, but what role does He play after creation is complete? Does He play an active role in the events of man or does He stand back and watch, with little to do with day-to-day details? The answer to these questions can determine the quality of the relationship man can have with his God. According to the psalmist above, Yahweh reigns or rules over a world that He firmly established by judging the people righteously. Colossians 1:17 tells us He is before all things [preexistent] , and in Him, all things hold together [ sunistemi – join together parts into a whole, keep in order]. In Hebrews 1:3, He upholds [ pheroe – governs] all things by the word of His power. These verses are a testimony to the active role God plays in the affairs of