Habakkuk 1:1-3:19, Rev 9:1-21, Ps 137:1-9, Pr 30:10
Today is the 18th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is always a pleasure, always an honor, always a joy to be here with you in your presence, and us together in the Lord’s presence centered around the rhythm of the Scripture. It’s always a joy, always a pleasure. So, we read in its entirety the book of Nahum yesterday and I mentioned that we might be observing a rhythm and that is the fact, that we’re reading basically a book a day. And we’ve been doing this for a while. We’ were reading through the letters in the New Testament and some of those are short. And now that we are in the minor prophets in the Old Testament we’re kind of moving through those rapidly because there short and today is no different. We will read the 8th of the minor prophets in its entirety today, the book of Habakkuk.
Habakkuk, like a lot of the other minor prophets, almost nothing is known about Habakkuk’s life and in this case maybe less than any other biblical writer. There is a Jewish tradition that speaks of him as the son of the Shunamite woman who was resurrected through the prophet Elisha back in the book of second Kings. There’s another tradition found in the apocryphal book Bell and the Dragon that depicts Habakkuk ministering to Daniel while he was in the Lions den. Of course, these are traditions and scholars find particularly the last one about Daniel to be the stuff of legend. But many verses in Habakkuk are very well known. One in particular, “but the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.” That’s often repeated in the writings of the apostle Paul, right? “The righteous will live by faith but the just to live by faith.” And this is also expounded on in the book of Hebrews. So, this is a core doctrine of the Christian faith that finds some of its roots in the Old Testament book of Habakkuk. As far as the tone of this book, because it’s poetic, because it has kind of a lyrical form, especially as it closes, there’s like a closing Psalm or hymn, some have assumed that Habakkuk was possibly a temple musician. The book of Habakkuk is unique in that it contains a pointed conversation between the prophet Habakkuk and God, a conversation that moves from doubt all the way to worship. And we’ll see this in the second when we read it. Habakkuk begins by simply saying out loud what he was seeing in the world, “I’m surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The laws become paralyzed. There is no justice in the courts. The wicked outnumber the righteous and justice has become perverted.” Habakkuk wanted to understand why God kept on allowing every evil imaginable almost as if he wasn’t paying attention at all. And then, God responded, but cryptically, that he would use the evil Babylonians to punish His own people, which left Habakkuk confused and perplexed. And, so, he’s crying out, God, rock You sent the Babylonians to correct us for our many sins but You’re pure, right? You can’t stand the sight of evil, are you gonna wink at what they’re doing to us? Are you gonna be silent while the wicked swallow up people who are more righteous? And then God responded that although the Babylonians would punish His people, they would not go unpunished in the end, they would be completely destroyed. And, so, this reveals that God wasn’t indifferent or that He wasn’t, like, you know, caught sleeping at the wheel, He wasn’t unaware at all, but that His sovereign plan was true and just. And, so, this ultimately led Habakkuk into worship. And, so, we begin and we’ll read to the end. Habakkuk chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 19 today. And we’re reading from the new living translation this week.
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