Beware Of Sins

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Hab 2:4-20 | Pdt. Paulus Surya

  “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
    but the righteous shall live by his faith.
  “Moreover, wine is a traitor,
    an arrogant man who is never at rest.
  His greed is as wide as Sheol;
    like death he has never enough.
  He gathers for himself all nations
    and collects as his own all peoples.”

Woe to the Chaldeans (Listen)

Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,

  “Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—
    for how long?—
    and loads himself with pledges!”
  Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
    and those awake who will make you tremble?
    Then you will be spoil for them.
  Because you have plundered many nations,
    all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
  for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
    to cities and all who dwell in them.
  “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
    to set his nest on high,
    to be safe from the reach of harm!
10   You have devised shame for your house
    by cutting off many peoples;
    you have forfeited your life.
11   For the stone will cry out from the wall,
    and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12   “Woe to him who builds a town with blood
    and founds a city on iniquity!
13   Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts
    that peoples labor merely for fire,
    and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14   For the earth will be filled
    with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD
    as the waters cover the sea.
15   “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—
    you pour out your wrath and make them drunk,
    in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16   You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.
    Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
  The cup in the LORD’s right hand
    will come around to you,
    and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17   The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
    as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
  for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
    to cities and all who dwell in them.
18   “What profit is an idol
    when its maker has shaped it,
    a metal image, a teacher of lies?
  For its maker trusts in his own creation
    when he makes speechless idols!
19   Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
    to a silent stone, Arise!
  Can this teach?
  Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
    and there is no breath at all in it.
20   But the LORD is in his holy temple;
    let all the earth keep silence before him.”

Bagian ini mengingatkan agar kita waspada terhadap berbagai dosa yang bertentangan dengan “hidup berdasarkan iman”. Apa saja dosa-dosa tersebut?

Ayat 6 & 9 mencatat tentang “celakalah” bagi orang yang hidup dalam keserakahan. Peringatan ini ditujukan pertama-tama kepada bangsa Kasdim, tapi juga berlaku bagi bangsa Israel saat itu dan bagi kita setiap pembaca kitab Habakuk saat ini. Tuhan Yesus juga sempat menekankan bahayanya dari ketamakan (Lukas 12:15).

Menindas orang lain
“Celakalah orang yang mendirikan kota di atas darah dan meletakkan dasar benteng di atas ketidakadilan” (ayat 12).
Dosa menindas orang lain termasuk di dalamnya diskriminasi sosial, bullying, dan berbagai bentuk merendahkan orang lain yang adalah ciptaan Tuhan.

Membuat orang lain jatuh ke dalam dosa
Ayat 15 mencatat kejahatan yang dilakukan orang-orang Kasdim untuk membuat umat Israel jatuh ke dalam dosa. Saat ini bentuknya bisa bermacam-macam, termasuk saat kita berlaku tidak benar dan terlihat oleh anak-anak, orang
yang serumah dengan kita, atau orang di sekeliling kita. Hal ini pada dasarnya secara tidak langsung kita membuat orang lain jatuh.

Menyembah berhala
Ayat 19 merupakan peringatan agar umat Tuhan jangan menyembah berhala. Yang dimaksud dengan berhala bukan hanya patung-patung yang disembah, tapi segala sesuatu yang menempati tempat utama dalam hati dan pikiran kita
selain Tuhan. Untuk mengatasinya, kita harus menggantikan isi pikiran dan hati kita dengan injil Yesus Kristus.

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Paulus Surya, 14 Agustus 2022