Blue Christmas

LIttle is known about Habakkuk the prophet. Most think he was a contemporary of Jeremiah around the time of Manasseh or the early reign of Josiah. The people of Judah are horrifically wicked, regardless of the timeline and Habakkuk is a record of the prophet’s conversations with God over the wickedness of his people and God’s response to them in judgment. The themes of the book center around the justice of God regardless of the lack of understanding by his people. In other words, the book explains that God is and will always be just, even if his people don’t understand him.

Habakkuk Outline

  1. Habakkuk’s Complaint (1:1-4)[2] O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
    and you will not hear?
    Or cry to you “Violence!”
    and you will not save?
    [3] Why do you make me see iniquity,
    and why do you idly look at wrong?
    Destruction and violence are before me;
    strife and contention arise.
    [4] So the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never goes forth.
    For the wicked surround the righteous;
    so justice goes forth perverted.
  2. God’s Response (1:5-11)[5] “Look among the nations, and see;
    wonder and be astounded.
    For I am doing a work in your days
    that you would not believe if told.
    [6] For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
    that bitter and hasty nation,
    who march through the breadth of the earth,
    to seize dwellings not their own.
  3. Habakkuk’s 2nd Complaint (1:12-2:1)[12] Are you not from everlasting,
    O LORD my God, my Holy One?
    We shall not die.
    O LORD, you have ordained them as a judgment,
    and you, O Rock, have established them for reproof.
    [13] You who are of purer eyes than to see evil
    and cannot look at wrong,
    why do you idly look at traitors
    and remain silent when the wicked swallows up
    the man more righteous than he?
  4. God’s Response (2:2-2:20)[17] The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
    as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
    for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
    to cities and all who dwell in them.
    [18] “What profit is an idol
    when its maker has shaped it,
    a metal image, a teacher of lies?
    For its maker trusts in his own creation
    when he makes speechless idols!
    [19] Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
    to a silent stone, Arise!
    Can this teach?
    Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
    and there is no breath at all in it.
  5. Habakkuk’s Prayer of Worship (3:1-19)
    1. Remembrance: 1-16[13] You went out for the salvation of your people,
      for the salvation of your anointed.
      You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,
      laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
    2. Rejoicing: 17-19[17] Though the fig tree should not blossom,
      nor fruit be on the vines,
      the produce of the olive fail
      and the fields yield no food,
      the flock be cut off from the fold
      and there be no herd in the stalls,
      [18] yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
      I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
      [19] GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
      he makes my feet like the deer’s;
      he makes me tread on my high places.
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