Habakkuk 1: 1-11

Habakkuk 1: 1-11

Habakkuk?  Yes.  Suzanne Osborne of The Chapel (www.chapel.org) has written an article in the church magazine (Sixteen:Nine Fall Issue, p. 10-11) inviting us to take a Joyride.  She then presents four weeks of study to be completed this fall.  The studies start in Habakkuk

  1. What did Habakkuk receive?
  2. What question does Habakkuk ask in verse two?
  3. Who is God raising up?
  4. What words highlight the speed of Babylonian advance?
  5. What hardships has God raised up in your world?

Habakkuk had seen Josiah’s reforms dashed by his successor.  Israel was corrupt to the core.  Judah is also corrupt.  Habbakuk does not conclude that there is no god.  Habbakuk does not curse God and wait for destruction.  Habbakuk asks what God will do about the decline in Israel.  God pronounces swift and terrible judgement.  I read this.  I read history.  I see the moral and religious decline in the west and I shudder.

Going Deeper

Observation

  • What is the relationship between the wicked and the righteous in verse 4?
  • Where does God tell Habbakuk to look to be amazed?
  • Whose honour do Babylonians promote?
  • What do Babylonians gather like sand?
  • What is the babylonian attitude to foreign kings and rulers?

Interpretation

  • What is a lament?  How does this passage start like one?
  • Which verses are spoken by Habbakuk and which by Yahweh/God?
  • Why does God answer a complaint about domestic policy with an international response?
  • How does the rising of Babylon put local conflict in perspective?  How would it shock Habbakuk?
  • How does God foreshadow pouring out justice on the Babylonians?

Application

  • How should a person respond when informed taht their way of life is at an end?
  • How has shallow thinking led to superficial faith, agnosticism, and atheism?
  • What are the five stages of grief and how does a mature Christian navigate them?
  • How do Christians complain about domestic policy while missing the international picture?
  • What can you do to bring a emotionally deep, internationally aware, and more intelligent faith to those around you?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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