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When things happendo not coincide withwhat we expect………..1.Our world2.Our nation3.Our church4.Our family5.Our career6.Our relationships with others
do not coincide withwhat we expect……….. Angry Depre Critic ssed al & Skep tical
surely this cannotbe your answerHabakkuk 1:1-4The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet received.Habakkuk’s Burden:How long, O LORD, must I call (shava) for help, but youdo not listen? Or cry out (zahag) to you, "Violence!"but you do not save? Why do you make me look atinjustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? Destructionand violence are before me; there is strife, and conflictabounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justicenever prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, sothat justice is perverted.
on the times of Habakkuk1. Habakkuk’s contemporaries include Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Zaphaniah2. They are all prophets to Judah3. Judah’s spiritual, political and social sins abound
Northern KingdomIsrael has beenconquered by theAssyriansSouthern KingdomJudah – about609B.C., in the reignof King Jehoiakimshortly beforeBabylonian’s KingNebuchadnezzar.
surely this cannotbe your answerHabakkuk as a person:1.Meaning of his name: Embracer of God2.A man who bore a burden of God
surely this cannotbe your answerHabakkuk’s burden:1. Judah’s sins and wickedness2. God’s silenceHebrew: massah מסה• A load (cargo)• It’s to be lifted up so that others can see
better than Habakkuk’stime?Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife,and conflict abounds. Therefore the law is paralyzed, andjustice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, sothat justice is perverted. etc etc Youth aggression Violence etc etc….. Child Worship abuses Homosexual of SELF Materialism Murders Terrorism Exploiting Drugs & the poor Broken Wars addiction Bribery families
better than Habakkuk’stime? Pastor Joe Wright of the United Sates, His opening prayer on the new session of the Kansas House of representatives on 23rd January, 1996 (16 years ago!)
surely this cannotbe your answerWhen God is not answering:3 possible responses from men: 1. Total disappointment and give up completely 2. Go the safe and middle ground – non committal and play “smart” 3. Cry out to God (1:2) How would you respond?
And whatdoes theLord requireof you? Toact justlyand to lovemercy and
surely this cannotbe your answerHabakkuk 1:5-6God’s Answer "Look at the nations and watch-- and be utterlyamazed. For I am going to do something in your daysthat you would not believe, even if you were told.
Finally, God answered.Hallelujah!1.God to bring spiritual revival2.God to deliver Judah from sins and unrighteousness….But wait a minute, Habakkuk,
surely this cannotbe your answer Habakkuk 1:5-6 God’s Answer I am raising up the Babylonians, that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwelling places not their own.
But God……You are notserious, evil 1.God to judge Judah’s are 2.God to you? send Babylonians to punish Judah Babylonians?God, do you know who they are,
surely this cannotbe your answer Who were the Babylonians? 1. Babylon was in our Southern Iraq at this moment of history 2. They were offspring of Abraham’s brother Nahor (Genesis 22:23) 3. They settled in Babylon where the city of Babel was • It is an actual place in history • It also signifies human society which try to live independent of God
surely this cannotbe your answer Habakkuk’s God’s Answer and Expectation Actions1. God to bring 1. God to judge spiritual revival Judah’s evil2. God to deliver 2. God to send Judah from sins Babylonians to and punish Judah unrighteousness
surely this cannotbe your answer Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
different fromwhat we expect……….. What did Habakkuk do?
surely this cannotbe your answerHabakkuk 1:12-13Habakkuk’s Prayer and QuestionO LORD, are you not from everlasting? My God, myHoly One, we will not die. O LORD, you haveappointed them to execute judgment; O Rock, youhave ordained them to punish. Your eyes are too pureto look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why thendo you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silentwhile the wicked swallow up those more righteousthan themselves?
surely this cannotbe your answer When God’s answer does not meet his expectation 1. He was reminded on God’s attributes (1: 12) • Everlasting / eternal God • Holy God - whose eyes are too pure to look on evil, you cannot tolerate wrong
surely this cannotbe your answerWhen God’s answer does not meet hisexpectation2.He related to God as his personal God (1:12): MyGod, my Holy One, My rock Is He your Go Do you know Hi
surely this cannotbe your answerWhen God’s answer does not meet his expectation3.He asked about the actions of God (1: 13-17): Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves? (1:13) We compare
What is God’s heart? DisciplL ineO Correc tionVE Repent ance
surely this cannotbe your answerHebrews 12: 5-11,“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, andhe chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”…………….. No discipline seems pleasant at thetime, but painful. Later on, however, it produces aharvest of righteousness and peace for those whohave been trained by it.
surely this cannot We want tobe your answer enjoy God’s Blessings, grace and love but we don’t want His Discipline
surely this cannotbe your answerHe awaited for God’s answer of hisprayers (2:1)1.He took upon him the role of a watchman2.He waited upon the Lord
surely this cannotbe your answerEzekiel 3:17-19 & 33:7-9“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the peopleof Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warningfrom me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surelydie,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuadethem from their evil ways in order to save their life, thatwicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold youaccountable for their blood. But if you do warn the wickedperson and they do not turn from their wickedness orfrom their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but youwill have saved yourself.
surely this cannotbe your answerIsaiah 40:31but those who (wait upon) hope in theLord will renew their strength.