Paul Goes All Habakkuk in Pisidian Antioch
‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! For I am doing a work in your days, a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’ – Acts 13:41
Paul tells the people in Pisidian Antioch all about how all of Jewish history has been leading up to the birth of Christ, and then he quotes Habakkuk at the end of it. The wild thing is that he quotes Habakkuk in a section that Habakkuk is talking about an impending army coming and taking them over.
The quote from Habakkuk goes on and gets even better…
Habakkuk 1:5 “Look at the nations and pay attention! You will be shocked and amazed! For I will do something in your lifetime that you will not believe even though you are forewarned.
Look, I am about to empower the Babylonians, that ruthless and greedy nation. They sweep across the surface of the earth, seizing dwelling places that do not belong to them.
It’s almost like Paul is saying, “Look, don’t make the same mistake our forefathers made! They didn’t listen and so the Babylonians came and took them over and plundered their blessings. Now if you who are Israel won’t turn to God and believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Gentiles will come in and plunder the blessing that is for you!”
And that is EXACTLY what happened the next week at the same synagogue…