ADULT Sunday School – 6/09/024 – The Minor Prophets, Lesson 35 – HABAKKUK, pt. 1 – Matthew Carnagua

ADULT Sunday School – 6/09/024 – The Minor Prophets, Lesson 35 – HABAKKUK, pt. 1 – Matthew Carnagua

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Majoring on the Minor Prophets – Lesson 35, Book of HABAKKUK, pt. 1 – “Asking the Hard Questions” – Habakkuk 1:1-17

The Book of HABAKKUK is the eighth of the twelve minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible. Habakkuk is the only prophet to devote his entire work to the question of the justice of God’s government of the world. In the Bible as a whole, only Job delivers a more pointed challenge to divine rule. Habakkuk’s challenge is set up as a dialogue between the prophet and God, in which Habakkuk’s opening complaint about injustices in Judean society (1:2–4) is followed in 1:5–11 by God’s promise that the perpetrators will be punished by invading Chaldeans, i.e., Babylonians. Habakkuk’s second complaint about the violence of the Chaldeans themselves (1:12–2:1) is followed by a second divine response assuring the prophet of the reliability of God’s rule and calling for human faithfulness (2:2–4).

Chaldeans Used to Punish Judah Habakkuk 1:1-17 NASB1995

“1 The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

2 How long, O Lord, will I call for help,

And You will not hear?

I cry out to You, “Violence!”

Yet You do not save.

3 Why do You make me see iniquity,

And cause me to look on wickedness?

Yes, destruction and violence are before me;

Strife exists and contention arises.

4 Therefore the law is ignored

And justice is never upheld.

For the wicked surround the righteous;

Therefore justice comes out perverted.

5 “Look among the nations! Observe!

Be astonished! Wonder!

Because I am doing something in your days—

You would not believe if you were told.

6 For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,

That fierce and impetuous people

Who march throughout the earth

To seize dwelling places which are not theirs.

7 They are dreaded and feared;

Their justice and authority originate with themselves.

8 Their horses are swifter than leopards

And keener than wolves in the evening.

Their horsemen come galloping,

Their horsemen come from afar;

They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour.

9 All of them come for violence.

Their horde of faces moves forward.

They collect captives like sand.

10 They mock at kings

And rulers are a laughing matter to them.

They laugh at every fortress

And heap up rubble to capture it.

11 Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on.

But they will be held guilty,

They whose strength is their god.”

12 Are You not from everlasting,

O Lord, my God, my Holy One?

We will not die.

You, O Lord, have appointed them to judge;

And You, O Rock, have established them to correct.

13  Your eyes are too pure to approve evil,

And You can not look on wickedness with favor.

Why do You look with favor

On those who deal treacherously?

Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up

Those more righteous than they?

14  Why have You made men like the fish of the sea,

Like creeping things without a ruler over them?

15  The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook,

Drag them away with their net,

And gather them together in their fishing net.

Therefore they rejoice and are glad.

16 Therefore they offer a sacrifice to their net

And burn incense to their fishing net;

Because through these things their catch is large,

And their food is plentiful.

17 Will they therefore empty their net

And continually slay nations without sparing?” Habakkuk 1:1-17 NASB1995