Habakkuk

Oracles of the Prophet Habakkuk

13 Habakkuk: The Conclusion of the Matter

Habakkuk 1 – 3 The hymn that we sang appropriately sums up what we’ve learnt from Habakkuk: ‘the bud may be bitter, but the flower will be sweet’. That’s what Habakkuk was struggling with – he was seeing some bad things coming and he wrestled with God because of that.  If often happens to us…

08 The Prophet’s Comprehension, Cry and Contrition

Habakkuk 3 v 1 – 2 First prayer – Habakkuk’s lament about Judah’s unrighteousness and coldheartedness.Second prayer – Habakkuk’s lament because God used the Chaldeans to afflict Judah, taking them into captivity for seventy years (two generations).Third prayer – Habakkuk reveals through this prayer what the Lord has revealed to him. God told him in…

06 The Prophet’s Response

Habakkuk 2 v 1-4 Habakkuk responds in Piety (godliness) and Patience, not seeking to exert power and wrath. He was in deep pain because of what was happening – the Chaldeans sweeping across the land. When you have a pain like that, you must pray like Habakkuk, and once you’ve prayed respond correctly to the…

05 The Prophet’s Faith

Habakkuk 1-3 Overview:Written in the Old Testament period when only Judah was left alone.Habakkuk means ’embrace’ – to hold close.Luther said about him:“He speaks as one who took his nation to his heart, comforted and held them up as one embraces and presses to his bosom a poor, weeping child – calming and consoling it…

04 The Prophet’s Patience

Habakkuk 2 v 1-7 Overview:Habakkuk’s Prayer (ch 1), Patience (ch 2) and Peace (ch 3).He saw God’s Plan, His Power and trusted in His Providence. Injustice is all around us – people losing their jobs and salaries.American businesses – broken down and bordered up.We feel the strain of economies going bad and ask why this…