Jesus Through the Word: Habakkuk

Monday February 12, 2018
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Week Thirty Two: Habakkuk
 
Outline
A. How Long Must I Wait for Justice? (1:1-4)
     B. A Great Army is Coming (1:5-11)
          C. The Wicked (1:12-2:1) 
               D. The Just Shall Live By Faith (2:2-5)
          C’. Wickedness Will be Judged (2:6-20)
     B’. The Army of God (3:1-15)
A’. I Will Wait for Justice (3:16-19)
 
Themes
Holiness
Why do you make me see iniquity? (1:3)
Justice goes forth perverted (1:4)
You are of purer eyes (1:13)
5 Woes — (2:6, 9, 12, 15, 18)
 
Sovereignty
I am doing a work (1:5)
I am raising up the Chaldeans (1:6)
God’s Salvation of His People (3:2-15)
 
Faith/Trust
How long shall I cry? (1:2)
I will take my stand at my watchpost (2:1)
The righteous shall live by his faith (2:4)
 
Patience/Peace
I will quietly wait (3:16)
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord (3:18)
God is my strength (3:19) 
 
Where is Jesus?
The Just Shall Live By Faith (2:4)
Romans 1:16-17 — For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Galatians 3:11 — Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”
Hebrews 10:32-39 — But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.
 
I Am Doing A Work (1:5 — Acts 13:38-41)
 
What is this book about?
God sovereignly ordains the events of human history according to His good purposes; for the Jews, this meant the coming invasion of Babylon. But they were encouraged to look beyond, and take joy in the God of their salvation, relying in faith on the goodness of their God.
 
How does it point to Jesus?
True faith keeps us oriented away from self, and centered on Jesus — Who is the salvation promised to His people. He is our strength, He makes our feet like the deer’s, He makes us tread on our high places in victory.