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Title: Habakkuk


1
Habakkuk
  • Evil men swallow up the righteous and you stand
    around and watch! (113)

2
Chronology
Judah Prophets Israel
931 BC Rehoboam Jeroboam
Abijah Nadab
900 BC Asa Baasha
850 BC Jehoshaphat Elijah Zimri, Omri, Ahab, Ahaziah, Joram
800 BC Jehoram, Ahaziah, Queen Athaliah, Joash Elisha Jonah Amos Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II
750 BC Amaziah Uzziah Ahaz Hosea Micah Isaiah Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem, Pekahiah
722 BC Hezekiah Isaiah Pekah, Hoshea
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King Prophet
650 Manasseh
Amon
Josiah Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Ezekiel
612 Joahaz Nahum
600 Jehoiakim 605 1st invasion (Daniel)
Jehoiachin 597 2nd invasion (Ezekiel)
586 Zedekiah 586 3rd invasion (Jeremiah)


4
  • O LORD, how long must I call for help before you
    listen, before you save us from violence? Why do
    you make me see such trouble? How can you stand
    to look on such wrongdoing? Destruction and
    violence are all around me, and there is fighting
    and quarreling everywhere. The law is weak and
    useless, and justice is never done. Evil people
    get the better of the righteous, and so justice
    is perverted. (Habakkuk 11-4)

5
  • Then the LORD said to his people, Keep watching
    the nations around you, and you will be
    astonished at what you see. I am going to do
    something that you will not believe when you hear
    about it.
  • I am bringing the Babylonians to power, those
    fierce, restless people. They are marching out
    across the world to conquer other lands.
    (Habakkuk 11-6)

6
  • They spread fear and terror, and in their pride
    they are a law to themselves. Their horses are
    faster than leopards, fiercer than hungry wolves.
    Their cavalry troops come riding from distant
    lands their horses paw the ground. They come
    swooping down like eagles attacking their prey.
    Their armies advance in violent conquest, and
    everyone is terrified as they approach. Their
    captives are as numerous as grains of sand. They
    treat kings with contempt and laugh at high
    officials. No fortress can stop them---they pile
    up earth against it and capture it. (Habakkuk
    17-10)

7
  • They sweep past like the wind and are gone. But
    they are deeply guilty, for their own strength is
    their god. (Habakkuk 111)

8
  • LORD, from the very beginning you are God. You
    are my God, holy and eternal. LORD, my God and
    protector, you have chosen the Babylonians and
    made them strong so that they can punish us. But
    how can you stand these treacherous, evil men?
    Your eyes are too holy to look at evil, and you
    cannot stand the sight of people doing wrong. So
    why are you silent while they destroy people who
    are more righteous than they are? How can you
    treat people like fish or like a swarm of insects
    that have no ruler to direct them? (Habakkuk
    112-14)

9
  • The Babylonians catch people with hooks, as
    though they were fish. They drag them off in nets
    and shout for joy over their catch! They even
    worship their nets and offer sacrifices to them,
    because their nets provide them with the best of
    everything. Are they going to use their swords
    forever and keep on destroying nations without
    mercy? (Habakkuk 115-17)

10
  • I will climb my watchtower and wait to see what
    the LORD will tell me to say and what answer he
    will give to my complaint. (Habakkuk 21)

11
  • God, youre from eternity, arent you? Holy God,
    we arent going to die, are we? God, you chose
    Babylonians for your judgment work? Rock-Solid
    God, you gave them the job of discipline? But you
    cant be serious! You cant condone evil! So why
    dont you do something about this? Why are you
    silent now? This outrage! Evil men swallow up the
    righteous and you stand around and watch! Youre
    treating men and women as so many fish in the
    ocean, Swimming without direction, swimming but
    not getting anywhere. Then this evil Babylonian
    arrives and goes fishing. He pulls in a good
    catch. He catches his limit and fills his creel
    a good day of fishing! Hes happy!

12
  • He praises his rod and reel, piles his fishing
    gear on an altar and worships it! Its made his
    day, and hes going to eat well tonight! Are you
    going to let this go on and on? Will you let this
    Babylonian fisherman fish like a weekend angler,
    killing people as if theyre nothing but fish?
    Whats God going to say to my questions? Im
    braced for the worst. Ill climb to the lookout
    tower and scan the horizon. Ill wait to see what
    God says, how hell answer my complaint.
    (Habakkuk 112-17 21 The Message)

13
  • Then Moses turned to the LORD again and said,
    Lord, why do you mistreat your people? Why did
    you send me here? Ever since I went to the king
    to speak for you, he has treated them cruelly.
    And you have done nothing to help them! (Exodus
    522-23 GN)

14
  • Surely you won't kill the innocent with the
    guilty. That's impossible! You can't do that. If
    you did, the innocent would be punished along
    with the guilty. That is impossible. The judge of
    all the earth has to act justly. (Genesis 1825
    GN)

15
  • I still rebel and complain against God I cannot
    keep from groaning. How I wish I knew where to
    find him, and knew how to go where he is. I would
    state my case before him and present all the
    arguments in my favor. I want to know what he
    would say and how he would answer me. Would God
    use all his strength against me? No, he would
    listen as I spoke. I am honest I could reason
    with God he would declare me innocent once and
    for all. (Job 231-7)

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  • The LORD gave me this answer Write down
    clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that
    it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing,
    because it is not yet time for it to come true.
    But the time is coming quickly, and what I show
    you will come true. It may seem slow in coming,
    but wait for it it will certainly take place,
    and it will not be delayed. And this is the
    message
  • Those who are evil will not survive, but those
    who are righteous will live because they are
    faithful to God. (Habakkuk 21-4)

18
  • those who are righteous will live because they
    are faithful to God. (GNB)
  • the righteous will live by his faith (NIV,
    NASB, ESV)
  • the righteous live by their faith (NRSV)
  • Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and
    their lives are crooked. But the righteous will
    live by their faithfulness to God. (NLT)

19
Theodicy
  • Habakkuk God, you have the power, why dont you
    do something to correct the great injustice in
    this world (11-4)
  • Gods response It will get worse. Here come the
    cruel Babylonians. (15-11)
  • Habakkuk How can you treat people like fish?
    How can you allow the most wicked and the most
    godless people to punish? (112-17)
  • Gods response I will do something that has not
    yet come true. Wait for it. In the meantime,
    write this down and follow it those who are
    right with me, will trust me until it comes.
    (21-4)

20
The problem for Habakkuk
  • Gods ways dont make sense Gods
    trustworthiness, faithfulness, and character is
    questioned
  • Kevin Carter

21
Habakkuk 24 contrast
  • Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and
    their lives are crooked (those who are evil will
    not survive).
  • But the righteous will live by their faithfulness
    to God. (NLT)

22
  • Wealth is deceitful. Greedy people are proud and
    restless---like death itself they are never
    satisfied. That is why they conquer nation after
    nation for themselves. (Habakkuk 25)
  • You are doomed! You have made your family rich
    with what you took by violence, and have tried to
    make your own home safe from harm and danger! But
    your schemes have brought shame on your family
    by destroying many nations you have only brought
    ruin on yourself. Even the stones of the walls
    cry out against you, and the rafters echo the
    cry. You are doomed! You founded a city on crime
    and built it up by murder. (Habakkuk 29-12)

23
  • What's the use of an idol? It is only something
    that a human being has made, and it tells you
    nothing but lies. What good does it do for its
    maker to trust it---a god that can't even talk!
    (Habakkuk 218)

24
  • But the earth will be as full of the knowledge
    of the LORDs glory as the seas are full of
    water. (Habakkuk 214)

25
  • Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the
    vines have no grapes, even if the olive tree
    fails to produce and the fields yield no food,
    even if the sheep pen is empty and the stalls
    have no cattle - even then, I will be happy with
    the LORD. I will truly find joy in God, who saves
    me. The LORD Almighty is my strength. He makes my
    feet like those of a deer. He makes me walk on
    the mountains. (Habakkuk 317-19)

26
  • But the righteous person will live because they
    are faithful to God. (24)
  • The righteous person will live because they put
    their complete trust in God despite the
    circumstances, despite uncertainty, despite
    unanswered questions.
  • Abraham put his trust in the LORD, and because
    of this the LORD was pleased with him and
    accepted him (Genesis 156 GN)
  • Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him (Job
    1315, KJV)

27
Paul
  • As the Scripture says, The just (righteous)
    shall live by faith? (Romans 117 Galatians
    311 Hebrews 1038)
  • A. Those who are legally forgiven because of
    their faith will live. They are justified or
    declared righteous
  • B. If you are justified or declared righteous
    then you will be able to live eternally because
    of your faith

28
Romans answers Habakkuks question
  • From Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to
    be an apostle and appointed to spread the Good
    News of God. God had already promised this Good
    News through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.
    This Good News is about his Son, our Lord Jesus
    Christ. (Romans 11-4)

29
  • For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is
    Gods power for salvation to everyone who
    believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
    For the righteousness of God is revealed in the
    gospel from faith to faith, just as it is
    written, The righteous by faith will live.
    (Romans 116,17 NET)
  • For in it the righteousness of God is revealed
    (NRSV, NKJV, NASB, ESV)
  • For in the gospel the righteousness of God is
    revealed. (TNIV)

30
  • For in it the righteousness of God is revealed
    through faith for faith as it is written, The
    one who is righteous will live by faith.
    (Romans 117 NRSV)
  • O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you
    will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you
    will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity,
    and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction
    and violence are before me strife and contention
    arise. You who are of purer eyes than to see
    evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly
    look at traitors and remain silent when the
    wicked swallows up the man more righteous than
    he? (Habakkuk 12,3,13 ESV)

31
  • Thus, when Paul quotes Hab. 24, we cannot help
    hearing the echoes unless we are tone deaf of
    Habakkuks theodicy question. By showcasing this
    text virtually as an epigraph at the
    beginning of the letter to Romans, Paul links his
    gospel to the Old Testament prophetic affirmation
    of Gods justice and righteousness. Hays,
    Echoes, pg 40

32
  • Many people have misread the book of Romans as a
    book that explains how we can legally get to
    heaven. This interpretation, however, misses the
    central question that Paul is answering in this
    book, and that central question is this 'Can God
    be Trusted?
  • Richard B. Hays

33
  • True, some of them were unfaithful but just
    because they were unfaithful, does that mean God
    will be unfaithful? Of course not! Even if
    everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the
    Scriptures say about Him, You will be proved
    right in what you say, and You will win Your case
    in court. (Romans 33-4 NLT)

34
  • But now, apart from the law the righteousness of
    God has been disclosed - namely, the
    righteousness of God through the faithfulness of
    Jesus Christ for all who believeGod publicly
    displayed him at his death as the mercy seat
    accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate
    his righteousness, because God in his forbearance
    had passed over the sins previously committed.
    This was also to demonstrate his righteousness.
    (Romans 321-26, NET)

35
  • What, then, can we boast about? Nothing! And
    what is the reason for this? Is it that we obey
    the Law? No, but that we believe. For we conclude
    that a person is put right with God only through
    faith, and not by doing what the Law commands. Or
    is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the
    God of the Gentiles also? Of course he is. God is
    one, and he will put the Jews right with himself
    on the basis of their faith, and will put the
    Gentiles right through their faith. (Rom
    327-30)

36
  • What shall we say, then, of Abraham, the father
    of our race? What was his experience? If he was
    put right with God by the things he did, he would
    have something to boast about---but not in Gods
    sight. The scripture says, Abraham believed God,
    and because of his faith God accepted him as
    righteous. (Romans 41-3)

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38
  • Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be
    saved---you and your family." (Acts 1631 GN)
  • Have faith in the Lord Jesus. (Berkeley)
  • They said, Put your entire trust in the Master
    Jesus. Then you'll live as you were meant to
    live--and everyone in your house included!
    (Acts 1631 The Message)
  • Put your trust in the Lord Jesus (NEB)

39
  • Those who know you, LORD, will trust you
    (Psalms 910 GN)
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