when stones cry

Do stones cry? The answer is….they will.  In the Bible, the prophet Habakkuk was the only prophet that asked questions of God, instead of just delivering a message from God to the people.  His questions centered around one thing: justice.  The whole book is only 3 chapters long.  The 2nd chapter describes the oppressor that Habakkuk was crying out against and God’s answer regarding that oppressor.  As I read chapter 2, it is a clear description of those who enslave men, women and children today:

  • See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright – v.4
  • He is arrogant and never at rest – v. 5
  • He is as greedy as the grave and, like death, is never satisfied – v. 5
  • He gathers to himself all the nations, and takes captive all the peoples – v. 5
  • He has piled up stolen goods and made himself wealthy by extortion – v. 6
  • He has shed man’s blood and destroyed lands, cities, and the people in them – v. 8
  • He has built his realm by unjust gain to set his nest on high, to escape the clutches of ruin – v. 9
  • He has plotted the ruin of many people, shamed his own house, and forfeited his life – v. 10
  • He has built a city with bloodshed and established a town by crime – v. 12
  • He gives drink to his neighbors, pouring it from the wineskin until they are drunk so that he can gaze on their naked bodies – v. 15

And this is what God says will happen to this man in that day when He brings justice:

  • His debtors will suddenly arise to make him tremble and he will become their victim – v. 7
  • The people who are left will plunder him – v. 8
  • He will be filled with shame instead of glory and it will be his turn to be exposed – v. 16
  • The cup of the Lord’s right hand will come around to him – v. 16
  • His own violence will overwhelm him – v. 17

Even the stones of the walls will cry out against him – v. 11

God told Habakkuk to wait for this to come to pass.  We too are waiting for God’s justice to return to the earth.  I do not personally wish terror on those who terrorized me.  I have forgiven them.  However, there is a day when Christ will return to the earth to bring justice:  “My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations.” (Isa 51:5)  For the millions of men, women and children who are brutally and hopelessly trapped in slavery in every dark corner of this earth, we await the day when even the stones of the walls cry out for their justice.


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