habakkuk the righteous prophet, part 2


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Habakkuk: The Righteous Prophet:

Habakkuk: The Righteous Prophet God’s Response Chapter 2


QUESTION OF THE WEEK Question 23: Who was Zephaniah’s father? Answer: Cushi (Zephaniah 1:1) Question 24: From what gate does Zephaniah say that “ there shall be a noise of a cry ”?

Tonight’s Outline:

Tonight’s Outline IV. God’s 2 nd Response (2:2-20) A. Prologue (2:2-3) B. Indictment (2:4-5) C. Sentence (2:6-20)

God’s Prologue:

God’s Prologue Hab 2:2 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

God’s Prologue:

God’s Prologue (2) “Vision” is “ hazon ” which means a “revelation.” It is a “supersensory experience” according to Expositor’s Bible Commentary. This vision would be like the song “Go and Tell Somebody What the Lord has Done.” The receiver would need to run and tell the world. (3) There is an appointed time when judgment will come. It may seem like it is taking an eternity. But there are some principles to be learned from this verse.

Principles from Verse 3:

Principles from Verse 3 1) God’s timetable is different from ours. 2 Peter 3:1-10 T his is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles. Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation." For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up . 2) Just because God hasn’t acted yet, doesn’t mean He won’t. 3) When God judges, it will be swift and just. ( ie - Babylon was destroyed by the Persians in 539BC—66 years after Habakkuk prophesied.

Indictment (4-5):

Indictment (4-5) 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. 5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

Indictment (4-5):

Indictment (4-5) (4) This verse references the Babylonians, especially their king. However, the principles transcend time and can apply to anyone who rebels against God. The word for soul is “ naphso ” showing that his existence is found in fulfilling his desires. Could the same be said about us? God gives Habakkuk a HUGE point of advice. (see next slide) (5) Sin is much like addiction. You can never have enough. Death is another example of one that can not have enough.

Principles from Verses 4-5:

Principles from Verses 4-5 The greatest principle comes from verse 4. Even though we are surrounded by wickedness, the “righteous shall live by faith”. This means that we do not consistently question God’s justness because He does not act. Rather, we trust that God will judge according to His fairness. Example: Those who have never heard of Christ Verse 5 gives an example of immediate justice. Many times those who live a lifestyle of sin will be caught up by that lifestyle. Those souls need the grace of God and to hear about salvation.

Sentence (6-20):

Sentence (6-20) 6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! 7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them? 8 Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 9 Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! 10 Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. 11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. 12 Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity !

Slide 11:

13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 15 Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 16 Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD'S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men's blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 18 What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.


Sentence (6-8) God gives Habakkuk another great principle: what a person sows, he reaps in the end. 6a shows us that the Babylonians were mockers, they would be mocked by the Persians. This is considered the first “woe”. 6b and 7 shows that the loans that Babylon took out by greed would result in creditors rising up against them. Example: Modern day housing market 8 shows that Babylon had looted many lands. They too would be looted by the Persians. This shows a perpetual problem until someone stops the process. Even then, God would bring judgment at Judgment Day.

Sentence (cont’d):

Sentence (cont’d) (9-11 ) The second woe described Babylon’s great pride in their enormous buildings. They thought these massive buildings gave them unconquerable strength. However, the buildings were paid with blood and debauchery. The “stone (would) cry out from the wall. (12-14 ) The third woe describes the civilization itself. It was a civilization built upon bloodshed. Verse 14 is a quotation from Isaiah 11:9. The destruction of Babylon would be for the Lord’s glory. It was actually during this time that many Old Testament books were gathered and added to the official canon.

Slide 14:

(15-17 ) The fourth woe considers the drunkenness of the Babylonians. Much like modern party-goers who use drugs to take advantage of others, ancient Babylonians would get others drunk to see their “nakedness.” In the end, they would be left naked for all to see because of their atrocities. Lebanon used to have glorious trees, but now they hardly have any. Babylon is partly to blame. (18-20 ) God then looks to the foolishness of the idols of Babylon. Idol of False Doctrine Idol of Self Idol of Creation

Principles from 6-20:

Principles from 6-20 God knows the evils done by humanity even better than we do. Just because God hasn’t done anything yet, doesn’t mean that God won’t do anything. Some things may be rewarded back to the person (good/bad) in this lifetime, or perhaps in eternity. “ Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7, NASB) It very well may be that God allows the wicked to live so that they might repent. Remember, God is both just and loving.

Next Week: The Conclusion:

Next Week: The Conclusion Habakkuk’s Prayer of Praise God’s Deliverance of His People

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