Habakkuk 2

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Habakkuk 2

Overview

The Lord’s answer.  

 Habakkuk waits for the answer from the Lord. (v.1).

The Lord did not explain why the wickedness, violence, injustice occur. Instead, the Lord answers him with two things. The revelation will be surely come true in due time, therefore, wait. Second the way for the righteous to live is faith. (v.4).

This is the central message that the life of the arrogant is not upright and is in jeopardy. But the righteous shall live by confidence in God’s own trustworthiness. “The righteous shall live by faith” (v.4) became Apostle Paul’s central doctrine of justification by faith in Romans 1:17).

Verses 6-20 list five woes of crimes for which oppressor is to be punished including plunders people, obtain gain by violence, build town with bloodshed, degrades its neighbors shamelessly, and idolatry.  These five woes applied originally to the Assyrians, Babylonians, or Macedonians. But they have universal reference, including all human tyranny. In Habakkuk’s context, however, these woe was directed to Babylonia to be punished by God because she failed to recognize the Lord.

This chapter concludes with a demand for silence (v.20)

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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