Habakkuk opens by protesting God's inaction in the face of injustice and violence: the wicked thrive at the expense of the righteous.
God responds by announcing the invasion of the Babylonians to exact punishment.
1:2-4), such that God was about to judge them severely by exiling them from the promised land (exile took place in 597 B. In many respects Habakkuk closely resembled his contemporary Jeremiah, for he was deeply concerned with the waywardness of God's people and the further difficulties they were about to endure.
Habakkuk protests that God's use of the Babylonians is an injustice worse than the injustice they are to punish.
God responds by announcing a future judgment of the Babylonians for their own unrighteous acts.
2:1-2; 3:2, 16) rather than in prophetic preaching.
The book records how the prophet moved from severe grief and doubt to trust and hope through prayer to God.
The opening verse of the book attributes the book to Habakkuk, a prophet. For example, "setting your nest on high to be safe from the reach of harm" (2:9) might characterize the conduct of the more privileged in our world. Superscription (Habakkuk 1:1)The introduction to part one of the book. Habakkuk's First Lament: The Wicked Oppress the Righteous!
If readers find themselves in that position, the book operates differently: it assumes that if God is attentive to injustice, readers will not be able to use injustice to secure a place "safe from the reach of harm." AUTHOR: Richard W. (Habakkuk 1:2-4)Habakkuk confronts God, assuming that, if God hears the cry of the righteous, God saves the righteous. God's Response: The Chaldeans Will Punish the Wicked (Habakkuk 1:5-11)God is at work employing Chaldean (Babylonian) expansion as a means to clear out the corrupters of justice within Habakkuk's community. Habakkuk's Second Lament: Why Use Wickedness to Punish Wickedness?
Because only divine intervention could bring about a reversal of this lethal situation, Habakkuk urgently and persistently (but seemingly in vain) appealed to the heavenly Judge (Hab. In response the Lord revealed that the Babylonians who were then appearing on the scene of history (Hab. This cure sounded even worse than the disease and added to the prophet's distress (Hab. How could the holy God, for whom it is impossible to tolerate wrong (Hab.
1:3-13), use these wicked people for the fulfillment of his purposes? 1:1-17), Paul was convinced that wickedness and sin are incompatible with God's holiness and that this tension can be resolved only by divine intervention. 2:1-20) reveals in principle the way by which God will ultimately deal through Christ with the incompatibility between sin and holiness.
The book asserts that oppressive violence is not enduring in the face of God's opposition to it.
God is involved in the ebb and flow of history to provide refuge, even from God's own wrath.
2:2-3) provides his people with a true perspective on the promised outcome of history. Such dependence, based on the faithfulness of our God, transforms our very existence in this world by filling our lives with joy and hope in the expectation of the final fulfillment of all his promises (Hab. Only faiththat persevering and obedient trust in the God of Habakkuk, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - provides the key to meaningful existence in the world during this period between Christ's first coming and his return.