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Habakkuk - The Lesson of The Mystery of Providence

Habakkuk 1:5


  1. The Prophet - his name may mean ďthe one who embracesĒ

  2. From Jerusalem to Judah circa 609-597 B.C. (contemporary of Jeremiah)

  3. A prophecy concerning the fall of Judah to the Chaldeans (Babylon)


  1. The Prophetís First Question - (1:1-4) - Will you not judge the wickedness and idolatry of this nation?

  2. The LORDíís Reply - (1:5-11) - I am raising a nation to do my work of judging sin.

  3. The Prophetís Second Question - (1:12-2:1) - Why how could you use this nation?

    1. He understood Godís holiness. vv. 12-13a

    2. He did not understand how God could use something wicked. vv. 13b (Babylon was more wicked than many nations God allowed her to defeat.)

    3. The question is punctuated with a resolve to know Godís will. v. 2:1

  4. The LORDís Reply - (2:2-20) - They are my choice now, but one day they too will be held to account for their wickedness.

    1. Woe because of Unjust Gain and Violence - vv. 6-8

    2. Woe because of Pride and Avarice - vv. 9-11

    3. Woe because of Bloodshed and Iniquity - vv. 12-14

    4. Woe because of Drink and Debauchery - vv. 15-17

    5. Woe because of Idolatry - vv. 18-20

  5. The Prophetís Praise - (3:1-19) - Realizing the LORDís greatness, Habakkuk presents a prayer and hymn of praise

Some Lessons

  1. God works in ways which sometimes puzzle man. (1:5)

  2. The just shall live by faith. (2:4)

  3. Godís Word teaches abstinence. (2:15)

  4. Man must rejoice in the LORD regardless of his circumstances. (3:17-19)

  5. Far too many people (Christians included) focus on the sins of others instead of looking at their own life.

  6. If we do not live out our lives in faith to God, we will suffer the eternal destruction that we so richly deserve.

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