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Minor Prophets – Habakkuk
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Which Minor prophet was a sheep herder?
Who was the unwilling prophet?
What is the shortest of the minor prophet books?
What prophet was married to Gomer?
Which prophet deals with the day of the Lord?
How do you spell _________________?
Question: Why do bad things happen to good people?
If God is so powerful and so good, then why do bad things happen to his children?
Book of Habakkuk Historically:
Written between 612 and 585BC
Just before the fall of Judah
No longer looking at Assyria.
Now a new threat has arisen in Babylon
In most prophetic books the prophet speaks to the people about God
Habakkuk speaks directly to God:
2 How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
3 Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
4 Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.
And God answers Habakkuk:
5 “Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
6 I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwellings not their own
Habakkuk still has questions:
12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.
13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?
Here is also part of God’s response:
Habakkuk thought that Judah was God’s righteous and holy people
Judah’s righteousness was based off of The Law
“See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faith
1.Here is what faith believes: God does not make mistakes
Habakkuk questions God’s method, but accepts His plan.
2. Here is what faith believes: God is too kind to be cruel
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Lots of times God’s good comes through hard and difficult trials which require perseverance and patience
3. Here is what faith believes: God always knows what is best for us
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
4. Here is what faith believes: God is in control, thus we can rest easily
How do you respond to the challenges that God throws your way?
Do you let it harden your heart?
Do you let it humble your heart?
SO Here is what faith believes:
- God does not make mistakes
- God is too kind to be cruel
- God always knows what is best for us
- God is in control, thus we can rest easily
- And Finally, Faith believes that when we cannot understand the way of God that we can trust the heart of God
Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.