Living by Faith, Habakkuk

J. B. Hewitt, Chesterfield

Category: Exposition

Nothing is known or ti iis prophet apart from this book. He prophesies in Judah during the reign of Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim shortly before the invasion by Nebuchadnezzar, 1. 5-6; 1. 3; and 3. 2-16. In this case the background of the book extends over a period from 625 to 605 or even 597 bc.

The prophets name means 'embracing' or 'wrestler' and occurs in other portions of the word, e.g. Gen. 29. 3; 33. 4; 48. 10, and 2 Kgs. 4. 16. 'He embraces the people in his arms, he comforts them and lifts them up as one embraces a weeping child to quieten it, with assurance that, if God will, it shall be better soon', Luther. The book is built up around the meaning of his name. He 'embraced' his God in prayer for he was perplexed, 1. 4, 12-15. He 'embraced' God by faith for he expected a solution to his problems, 2.1-4, 14-20. He 'embraced' God with songs of victory as he anticipated the glorious triumph of God over all in it, 3. 1-19. He may have been a Levite as well as a prophet, for his references to musical instruments would suggest that, for only the Levites and certain women were set apart for this work.

Here is the history of a servant, troubled, trusting, and triumphant. A man with a burden, 1. 1-4-a saint of God. A man with a vision, 3. 12-13-a seer. A man with a mission 2. 1-4-a faithful watchman, A man with a message, 2. 1, 6-19-a powerful preacher. A man with a passion, 1. 2-4, 12-13; 3. 1-3-a humble intercessor. A man with a song, 3. 17- 19-a joyful singer.

In chapter 1: Yearning for Jehovah's honour.
In chapter 2: Yearning to know Jehovah's purpose.
In chapter 3: Yielding to Jehovah's will.

Suggested Outline

His perplexity, the Trial of Faith, Ch. 1
The sins of God's people, vv. 1-4.
His burden, v. 1.
His problem, v. 2.
Divine indifference, v. 2.
Human iniquity, v. 3a.
Human insurrection, vv. 3b-4.
Divine inactivity, v. 4.
The strangeness of God's ways, vv. 5-11.
History under his control, vv. 5-6.
History follows his plan, vv. 7-8.
The enemy fulfils his purpose, vv. 9-11. The strength of God's character, vv. 12-17.
His majesty, v, 12.
His impartiality, v. 13.
Chaldean iniquity, v. 14-17.
His appeal, apprehension, anxiety, and awareness. The seer is troubled.

His Patience, the Trust of Faith, Ch. 2.
The attitude: waiting, v. 1.
The answer: write the message, vv. 2-4.
Permanent, v. 2a.
Plain, v. 2b.
Practical, v. 2c.
Powerful, v. 3.
The announcement: on the Chaldeans, vv. 5-19.
Evil is rapacious, vv. 5-7.
Evil is rampant, vv. 8-11.
Evil is ruthless, vv. 12-13.
Evil is repulsive, vv. 15-17.
Evil is ruinous, vv. 18-19.
The anticipation: Jehovah reigneth, v. 20.
Looking to the future, v. 14.
Leaning on God, v. 20a.
Learning to be quiet, v. 20b.
The scholar is taught.

His Prayer and Praise, the Triumph, Ch. 3
His petition for remembrance and revival, vv. 1-2. His praise of Jehovah, vv. 3-15.
Poems about Divine glory, vv. 3-6.
Poems about Divine government, vv. 7-11.
Poems about Divine goings, vv. 12-15. His peace in Jehovah, vv. 16-18.
Fear and trembling, v. 16.
Faith amid trouble, v. 17.
Faith makes him sing, v. 1.8,
Final triumph and joy, v. 18. His power in Jehovah, v. 19.
Faith makes him strong, v. 19.
Faith makes him swift and sure, v. 19. The singer is triumphant.
'The just shall live by faith', 2. 4b.

There are 11 articles in
ISSUE (1989, Volume 40 Issue 2)

Christ and John the Baptist

Concerning Joseph

The Gospel and the Wrath of God

Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities

The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John - Introduction

Living by Faith, Habakkuk

Loving Service, John 13. 2-5, Phil. 2. 5-11

Notes from My Bible-The Old Testament (and The New Testament)

The Opened Fountain

Things we Obtain by Faith

Walking as Men

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Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 8 - 9

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 10

Outline Studies in the Pentateuch - Introduction

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Exodus

Exodus: Its Message for Today

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Numbers

Deuteronomy

Glimpses of Christ

Outline Studies in the Penteteuch

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Truth for the Times - Introduction

Controlled by Divine Truth, 2 Peter 3

The Peril of Apostasy, Jude 4-19

The Antidote to Apostasy, Jude 1-3; 17-23

Christ in the Prison Epistles - Introduction

Ephesians - Christ our Leader and our Lord

Philippians - Christ our Life

Colossians - Christ our Head

Philemon - Christ our Example

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Help from Haggai, Verses 2. 10-23

The Eight Men of James Chapter One

Meditation-a Lost Art

The Cross in Galatians

The Industrious Servant of Jehovah

Abraham - Friend of God

Living by Faith, Habakkuk

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Help from Haggai, Verses 1. 12-15; 2. 1-9

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Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

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Outline Studies in the Minor Prophets - Introduction

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Joel

Amos

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

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Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 2-3

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 11

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 12

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 13