The book begins in chapter 1, verses 1-4 by Habakkuk expressing his concern to God about the rampant sin in Israel. There didn’t seem to be any judgment and people believed there wouldn’t be. In verses 5-11, the LORD tells the prophet that He is raising up the Chaldeans (Babylonians) to inflict His judgment on Israel. Habakkuk responds again to the LORD in verse 12-17; he asks God how He can use a people more wicked than Israel to bring judgment on Israel. In Hab. 2:1, Habakkuk expresses how he will wait as a night watchman waits on the wall for an answer from the LORD. The LORD then prefaces the “vision” that He will give Habbakkuk for the future with these words from Habakkuk 2:2-3, "Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” Now the LORD goes on through the rest of chapter 2 telling of how he will also judge Babylon and restore Israel. The LORD promises that it will come at an “appointed time;” He also said it would “tarry,” but they had to continue to wait in faith. Chapter 3 contains Habakkuk’s prayer (which is also a song) after he received the new insight from the vision God gave him. Now, instead of bringing a complaint, he proclaims his faith in God, even when what he sees doesn’t look good. He says in Habakkuk 3:17-18, “Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls— Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” This book is a powerful testimony of one person’s journey of faith; I hope you read it today.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan