2016-03-11 - Habakkuk
Fishers of Men
The fisherman here relate to the wicked in the previous verse, and therefore are paralleling Babylon. Habakkuk is describing the actions of this warlike people. Using the poetic form, the angle, net and drag represent the armies and weapons used by the Babylonians.
Even here though Dr. McGee 1 draws a parallel between being caught in the net of the enemies, with being saved by Christ.
“… said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”” (Mat. 4:19)
This parallel can be understood, if we remember the reason for the judgment of Judea is not so much punishment, as a way of waking the people up, causing them to turn back to God, to repentance and restoration.
The disciples, and be extension all believers, are to draw the lost out of the world, bringing them to God and salvation. This, of course, is done through the power of the Holy Spirit.
But Habakkuk makes another point here. The Babylonians may have victory over the fish, the people of Judea, but instead of recognizing their success comes from God, they worship their own prowess. The point Habakkuk is trying to make here is, how can God use this wicked people as His instrument against a rebellious, but still more righteous Judea? Does this seem to be just?
To be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.