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Highlights from Habakkuk pt. 2 Habakkuk 1:5-11



Background/ Theme:

The book of Habakkuk’s main idea for the entire book surrounds the question, why do bad things happen?

· Judah has turned their back on the Lord once again

o In return, God has devised a strategy to bring His people back to Him

§ In v’s 5-11, God explains His strategy that doesn’t make sense by allowing someone worse off spiritually than Judah to bring Judah back to the Lord.

Outline:

I. The Burden we carry blurs the meaning God has in store for us v’s 2-4

Notice how this blurs Habakkuk’s focus…

A. Habakkuk only sees isolation- v’s 2

B. Habakkuk only sees destruction- v’s 3

C. Habakkuk only speaks out of frustration- v’s 4

II. The burden we carry blocks the message God has in store for us- v’s 5-6

How did the burden block God message to Habakkuk?

A. Habakkuk questions God's intervention- v's 5-6

· When we are frustrated or questioning what God is doing around us, the last thing that we want to do is to look at our surroundings. But if we look at our scripture text,

· When we are frustrated or questioning what God is doing around us, the last thing that we want to do is to look at our surroundings. But if we look at our scripture text, (v’s 5) we notice this is the first thing that God told Habakkuk to do!

1. He questions how God is planning on going to intervene in the life of the people of Judah.

2. God tells Habakkuk that even if I explained it to you, that you wouldn’t even believe it if I were to tell you what I have in mind.

3. God explains His plan just a little at the end of v’s 6. He calls them a bitter and hasty nation. He says they take what is not theirs and have no remorse on their enemies

4. God intervenes sometimes in our lives in the craziest ways just to get our attention

B. Habakkuk questions God’s presentation- v’s 7-8

· God starts presenting His case to Habakkuk in v’s 6, goes into more detail in v’s 7-8… notice this case that is presented to Habakkuk…

3. One commentator said it best in describing the nature of the Chaldeans, he said: “God allows tyrants to spring up and flourish for a little while, but they become guilty by the abuse of their power and, like a plant, before it is firmly rooted, God blows on them and they wither.””

2. The Chaldeans feel like they are invincible, indestructible, and they don’t have to answer to anyone.

3. One commentator said it best in describing the nature of the Chaldeans, he said “God allows tyrants to spring up and flourish for a little while, but they become guilty by the abuse of their power and, like a plant before it is firmly rooted, God blows on them and they wither.”[1]

4. So Habakkuk is questioning why in the world would God raise someone like this up? The answer is simple, God loves His children too much for them to continue down the path of destruction. He will pull out all measures to bring them back into fellowship with Him.

[1] Kenneth L. Barker, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, vol. 20, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 303.




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