Habakkuk 1: 12 – 2:1

Habakkuk 1: 12 – 2:1

  1. What observation about God leads Habakkuk to conclude that Israel will not die?
  2. What is God’s purpose in appointing Babylon?
  3. What perplexes Habakkuk about God’s actions?
  4. How does Habakkuk show us ways to question God and keep our faith?
  5. What has happened in your life that has left you wondering what God is doing?

A few times in my life God has left me wondering why things have turned so bad.  Often my circumstances are the direct result of my own poor decisions.  It is when I am not directly responsible that I complain to God.  However, questioning God is not always sinful.  We can wrestle with God in this cruel world whilst at the same time trusting that he is working things for good.  What situations are difficult for you to understand?

Going Deeper

Observation

  • What does Habakkuk believe that God can not approve?
  • What extended analogy does Habakkuk use from v. 14 – v. 17
  • What do fish lack (v. 14)?
  • What do Babylonians/Chaldeans worship?
  • Where will Habakkuk station himself to listen to the reply?

Interpretation

  • Why would belief that the LORD is everlasting lead to a conclusion that Israel will not be wiped out?
  • How does the LORD’s inability to look on evil confuse the writer about God looking with favour on the treacherous?
  • How might the Babylonian advance be like a net?
  • What in reality would the Babylonians worship?
  • Does habakkuk expect punishment from God because he has asked questions?

Application

  • If God is eternal how is that related to the fate of Christians?
  • How do you reconcile God with the existence of evil?
  • How can there be such a thing as evil without a god?
  • Which nations trust in their military might to influence the world?
  • Will nations that trust in military might be able to prevail in the long run?

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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