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Habakkuk

by on October 3, 2014

Habakkuk – a Theodicy – justification of the ways of God

II Kings 22-24
II Chronicles 34-36
Date – c.625-608 B.C.
Written to Judah
Message – The just shall live by faith

Outline
I. Habakkuk’s questions and God’s answers
A. Habakkuk’s first question – 1:2-4
Why do you all allow sin?
B. God’s answer – 1:5-11
Sin will be punished
C. Habakkuk’s second question – 1:12-2:1
Why do you use wicked people to punish Judah?
D. God’s second answer
They will also be punished
1. Listen to me – 2:2-3
But… 2:4
2. Transgressions – 2:5-13
For… 2:14
3. Immorality, violence, and idolatry – 2:15-19
But… 2:20
II. Habakkuk’s prayer and God’s blessing – 3:1-19
A. A view of the day of the Lord – 3:2-16
B. A view of the blessing of the Lord – 3:17-19
 No figs = no food
 No fruit = no drink
 No olives = no oil
 No grain = no bread
 No flock = no meat or wool
 No herd = no milk or cheese
YET –the Lord is:
 My joy
 My salvation
 My strength
 My security
 My walk
Lessons –

1. Thanksgiving
2. God is in control
3. God’s ways are beyond human understanding
4. God uses wicked people and nations to accomplish His will
5. God uses evil people to refine Godly people
6. God holds the evil people and nations responsible for their behaviors.

Theodicy – Justification/explanation of the ways of God

I. Habakkuk
A. Habakkuk questions God about His ways
Habakkuk’s first question:
Why do you allow wrong to continue?
God’s first answer:
I am going to judge and punish the wrong!
Habakkuk’s second question:
Why will you use wicked people to punish your people?
God’s second answer:
1. I am going to punish them also
BUT – The just shall live by faith!
2. Because of their transgressions
BUT – someday the earth will be filled with the knowledge of God!
3. Because of violence
BUT – The Lord is in His holy temple
Let all the earth keep silence before Him!

B. Habakkuk’s Response to God
Habakkuk’s prayer and God’s blessing – 3:1-19
A. The day of the Lord – 3:2-16
B. The difficulties brought by the Lord – 3:17-19
 No figs = no food
 No fruit = no drink
 No olives = no oil
 No grain = no bread
 No flock = no meat or wool
 No herd = no milk or cheese
C. The joy of the Lord is:
 My joy
 My salvation
 My strength
 My security
 My walk
C. What Lessons can be learned –
1. God deserves the thankfulness of His people
2. God is in control
3. God’s ways are beyond human understanding
4. God uses wicked people and nations to accomplish His will
5. God uses evil people to refine Godly people
6. God holds evil people and nations responsible for their behaviors.
7. We will only learn to be truly thankful when we loose the things we think we need.

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