SNAPSHOT OF HABAKKUK
- Date: 609–598 BC (Assyrian Empire/Babylonian Empire)
- Theme: Why doesn’t God punish the wicked?
- Key Verse(s): Habakkuk 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You cannot look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor on those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up those more righteous than they?
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis, visit fellowshipcleveland.com/the-other-guys and click on “The Bible Project Synopsis” for Habakkuk.
What is the most unfair thing that happened to you?
Read Habakkuk 1:1-11. What was Habakkuk’s complaint to God? How did God answer Him?
What was Habakkuk’s response (1:12-2:1) and God’s next answer (2:2-20)?
Do you think it was wrong for Habakkuk to question God so directly? Why or why not? Have you questioned God’s fairness (justice) in an honest discussion with Him?
As God begins His answer, He says that “the righteous person will live by his faithfulness”. What do you think this means?
Read the following verses in Habakkuk 2. What is the warning (woe)? How do you see some of the same practices in our culture today?
Read Habakkuk 3. How has Habakkuk’s attitude changed? How can his new attitude be an example to you in your relationship with God?
The Book of Habakkuk begins with frustration over God’s seeming lack of justice, and ends with a change of attitude to joy because of God’s faithfulness. How is it that Habakkuk can rejoice when he knows what is coming? Have you experienced joy even though your circumstances seemed hopeless?
Following Habakkuk’s example in chapter 1, take time this week to make a list of your “complaints” (concerns). Be specific about injustices in your world. What do you think would be God’s response to your complaints? Considering your list and God’s character, write a response to God following Habakkuk’s example in chapter 3.
Follow the reading plan for the Book of Zephaniah for August 12 (Baptism Party on August 5!)
- Monday 8/6 1
- Tuesday 8/7 2
- Wednesday 8/8 3
- Thursday 8/9 1-2
- Friday 8/10 3
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Common themes of the minor prophets include the sinfulness of the people, God’s judgment to come, God’s love for His people, God’s redemptive plan, and of the hope of the coming Savior. Review the prophet’s we’ve already covered; what patterns do you see thus far in our sermon series?
There are several incidences in the Bible where “bad things happen to good people” – circumstances that could cause believers to question God. Look up the following passages and list the “unjust” treatment and the “just” outcome. What do you learn from these stories about God’s sovereignty?
Acts 16:16-24; 37