“But when this son
Who has devoured
The fatted calf
ὅτε δὲ ὁ υἱός σου οὗτος ὁ καταφαγών σου τὸν βίον μετὰ πορνῶν ἦλθεν, ἔθυσας αὐτῷ τὸν σιτευτὸν μόσχον.
This long parable story about the 2 sons can only be found in Luke, not in any of the other gospel stories. Luke indicated that Jesus said that this older son continued his complaint to his father. He said that when his brother, his father’s son (ὅτε δὲ ὁ υἱός σου οὗτος), came back (ἦλθεν), after having devoured his property (ὁ καταφαγών σου τὸν βίον) with prostitutes (μετὰ πορνῶν), he went and killed or sacrificed the fatted calf for him (ἔθυσας αὐτῷ τὸν σιτευτὸν μόσχον). Luke is the only biblical writer who used this term σιτευτόν, that means fattened calf, 3 times in this story. This upset son pointed out to his father that his brother had squandered all his hard-earned property on prostitutes. Yet he was rewarding him with a special meal celebration. Does this seem fair to you?
“I will stand
At my watch post.
I will station myself
On the rampart tower.
I will keep watch
What he will answer
Concerning my complaint.”
Habakkuk was going to wait for Yahweh to respond to his complaint about the wicked ones. He was going to stand at the watch post or guard shack. He would station himself at the ramparts to the town in the tower. He was going to watch to see if Yahweh was going to respond to his complaints.
A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before Yahweh
“Hear my prayer!
Let my cry come to you!
Do not hide your face from me
In the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me!
Answer me speedily
In the day when I call!”
Psalm 102 is rather long compared to the preceding psalms with a long descriptive title. This prayer of the afflicted person wishes to pour out his complaint before Yahweh. There is nothing about David here. This psalmist wants Yahweh to hear his prayers, plain and simple. He wanted his cry to come to the ear of Yahweh and before his face. In the day of his distress and the day when he called, he wanted a speedy answer from Yahweh. He is almost demanding.
Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
How short my time is?
For what vanity have you created all mortals?
Who can live?
Who can never see death?
Who can escape the power of Sheol?”
The psalmist continues his complaint. He wanted to know how long Yahweh would hide himself. How long would his anger continue? He reminded Yahweh that his life was short. No one can live and not see death. Sheol awaited all. No one could escape from the power of Sheol, the underground world of nothingness. This section ended with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.