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Habakuk 1

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NAU Habakkuk 1:1 The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw. 2 How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do not save. 3 Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted. 5 "Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days-- You would not believe if you were told. 6 "For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth To seize dwelling places which are not theirs. 7 "They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves. 8 "Their horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour. 9 "All of them come for violence. Their horde of faces moves forward. They collect captives like sand. 10 "They mock at kings And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every fortress And heap up rubble to capture it. 11 "Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god."

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1)      It’s an Oracle… what’s an oracle?

NAU Habakkuk 1:1 The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet saw.

·         Word of God…

·         Prophet of God… (Covenant keeper)

2)      What is going on here?

2 How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do not save. 3 Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises. 4 Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.

·         How long… help – Utility

·         Things are bad!

                                                              i.      Shot in the streets (not safe outside)

                                                            ii.      Blown up in restraints (always afraid)

                                                          iii.      Terrorists… evil folk

·         Why God?

                                                              i.      Why injustice

                                                            ii.      Why wrong

                                                          iii.      Why destruction

                                                          iv.      Why violence

·         Law paralyzed… bad guys are getting away

·         Things are turned upside – down… do you get it yet (relationship with God upside down)

·         Why?

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3)      Hold on I  am in charge here!

5 "Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days-- You would not believe if you were told.

·         Hold on I am in charge here… never fear… Sola Deo Gloria

·         Reserved right of God…

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4)      Unlikely Instruments!!

6 "For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth To seize dwelling places which are not theirs. 7 "They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves. 8 "Their horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour. 9 "All of them come for violence. Their horde of faces moves forward. They collect captives like sand. 10 "They mock at kings And rulers are a laughing matter to them. They laugh at every fortress And heap up rubble to capture it.

·         Failure to acknowledge God… brings judgment

                                                              i.      Likely

1.      Principles

2.      Police

3.      Armies

                                                            ii.      Unlikely

1.      Enemies

2.      Pagans

3.      Evil

·         MEAN and POWERFUL

                                                              i.      Notorious

·         Predators         - wolves

- vultures

- hordes

·         This is very!! Scary!!

5)      This too shall pass!

11 "Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on. But they will be held guilty, They whose strength is their god."

·         Drawing on strength of pride, wealth, conquest… their wooden/stone god

·         Winning temporal battle… will loose the war for eternity

·         Even as an evil instrument… they are still used by God.

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