Chapter 1 of Habakkuk is a dialogue initiated by Habakkuk with God, which alternates between the two of them saying to the other: "Look and See!" Habakkuk laments the miserable state of God's people who are being oppressed by wicked rulers and the unfair application of the laws (1:1-4). God replies that He has a plan to deal with the wickedness of His people by sending an even more wicked people to thresh them (1:5-11), to which Habakkuk offers a protest (1:12-17).
Habakkuk: "Look and See!" Part One
January 6, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Habakkuk: The Strange Bed Fellows of Faith and Fear
Habakkuk 3:16-19 • January 24, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
How does faith respond to the fear and anxiety we experience when all of the normal resources for the sustaining of our lives fail? The answer is in Habakkuk's closing confession of faith as we learn how fear isn't an indication of the lack of faith but is itself an expression of faith. How do fear and faith coexist?
Habakkuk: The Push and Pull of Prayer
Habakkuk 3:1-16 • January 20, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In Habakkuk 2:4 God told Habakkuk that the way in which His righteous remnant in Judah would survive the rising wickedness of the Babylonians was that "the just shall live by faith." Now, in Habakkuk 3:2 Habakkuk responds to that word from God in prayer: "Make it so! Cause your people to live by faith under hardship and suffering!" What drives you to prayer? For Habakkuk, he was pushed to prayer by the word which He had heard from God and he was pulled to prayer by the majesty of a terrifying and dangerous God. Does truth from God and truth about God stir you to pray?
Habakkuk: The Derision of God's Retribution
Habakkuk 2:6-20 • January 17, 2021 • Pastor Paul Edwards
God has raised up the Chaldeans to judge His own people. But the Chaldeans are responsible for the wickedness they have inflicted on God's people, and God now promises that the Chaldeans will pay for their evil deeds. God's people will ultimately be vindicated, even as they wait patiently for God's judgment to fall on their tormentors.