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Jun4
THE MINOR PROPHETS
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Habakkuk 1: 1-11
Date: Jun 4th, 2017
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- Habakkuk –


 


Every Christ-follower will need to wrestle with these four issues:


1. God’s Character in regard to His dealing with Wickedness.


2. God’s Timing in regard to dealing with Wickedness.


3. God’s Method in regard to dealing with Wickedness.


4. Whether I will TRUST God in His dealing with Wickedness.


…such was Habakkuk’s wrestling in his mind and heart


 


The Dating Of Habakkuk’s Prophecy


 


- 722 B.C. = Israel (north) taken captive by Assyria (world power)


- 612 B.C. = Babylonians destroyed Nineveh the capital of Assyria,


                     and became the new world power


- 609-597 B.C. = Jehoiakim, a godless king, reigned in Judah (south),


             led God’s people down a destructive path (2 Kings 23:34-24:5)


- 607 B.C. = most likely time of Habakkuk’s prophecy; the invasion


             by Babylon was to happen soon   Habakkuk 1:6, 2:1, 3:1


- 605 B.C. -Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon deported 10,000 of


                   Jerusalem’s leaders


- 586 B.C. = Babylonian Captivity of Judah is complete (for 70 years)


 


Overview Of Habakkuk


 


A. Habakkuk’s Problem / Perplexity    Habakkuk 1:1-1125


   1. First Question = “How long will God allow the wickedness of


                 Judah to go on unpunished?” (Habakkuk 1:1-4)  _permits injustice


   - God’s Reply = God is not indifferent (Habakkuk 1:5, 6)  He will judge


                 Judah’s crimes by bringing the Babylonians. (Habakkuk 2:12, 13)


B. Habakkuk’s Problem / Perplexity   Habakkuk 1:12-20


   2. Second Question = “How can a righteous God (Habakkuk 2:12, 13) punish


                 Judah by using a nation even more wicked?” (Habakkuk 1:11-2:1)


                - rewarding Babylonians for their evil?


   - God’s Reply = God does not reward the wicked; He is judging


                  them even now (Habakkuk 2:2-20)  Consider the 5 woes due to:


                  - greed and aggression  Habakkuk 2:5-8           - immorality Habakkuk 2:15-17


                  - exploitation and extortion  Habakkuk 2:9-11


                  - violence  Habakkuk 2:14-15                            - Idolatry Habakkuk 2:18-20


…Judah and Babylon are under judgment for the same offenses


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- Habakkuk 2:20 = statement of God’s Sovereign Majesty


C. Habakkuk’s Prayer and Praise  Habakkuk 3:1-19


   1. Prayer for Mercy  Habakkuk 1-2


   2. Praise for God’s PE RSON (Habakkuk 1-3), POWER (Habakkuk 4-12 – at Midian (Habakkuk 3-7),    


                  the Flood (Habakkuk 8-10), in the Exodus (Habakkuk 11-15)), and PLAN (Habakkuk 13-19)


POINT = Habakkuk sees God’s saving ability


   3. Praise as he trusts in God’s Salvation  Habakkuk 16-19


NOTE: Chapter 3 is referred to as a psalm of praise


 


THEME:  A Developing FAITH in God


Key Verses:  Habakkuk 2:4, 3:17-19


Purpose: to stand firm having faith in God when He disciplines


 


“What Does Habakkuk Teach US?”


 


1. Christ-followers are Thinking People


- see Habakkuk’s burden, wondering, restlessness, perplexity, complaint


- He ran to God, called to God _PRAYER


…being Holy and being a Thinker go together   Prov. Habakkuk 1:7, 9:10 cf. 8:13


2. God is Able to Answer the BIG Questions


- God and Evil is a big issue…seekers gain understanding


- Issue: God as Sovereign will judge wickedness in His time, and in His


             way.  He is Faithful, Righteous, and Just to do so.  Gen. 18:25


NOTE: there may be degrees of sin, but the reality is we have ALL


             Sinned   Rom.3:23, and we will be judged   2 Cor.5:10


3. “The Righteous WILL Live By Faith.”    Habakkuk 2:4


= Believe what God stated


= Believe when Difficult Days are Coming _need to WAIT patiently


    Habakkuk 3:16-17  cf. God uses hardship to mature us   Heb. 12:7-11


= Believe in the Sovereign Lord’s ability to save; have confidence


    in Him = FAITH    Habakkuk 3:18-19


4. Praise God Right Now


- Chapter 3 is a psalm of praise in spite of coming judgment


- See Psalm 73; 91:7-12    Faith in God -> REST and a SONG