Habakkuk means embracer – one who comforts.
During a time of great evil in Judah, Habakkuk calls out to God. God tells him that he will use Babylon to purge the evil out of Judah. This puzzles Habakkuk, who questions God, and gains a greater view of God’s righteousness, and that the Lord is pleased by faith.
Target: Judah, and to a lesser extent Babylon
- Contemporary of Jeremiah, Zephaniah, Nahum
- Possibly during the reign of Manasseh.
Famous verses and fragments
1:5, 2:1, 2:4b, 2:20, 3:17-19a
- How does Habakkuk teach us how to speak with God?
- What are the two main divisions of the book?
- How does the spirit of the first part differ from that of the second part?
- What nation’s rise to power brought about the prophecy of Habakkuk?
- What deep question initially troubled Habakkuk?
- How are the Chaldeans described in Chapter 1?
- What question concerning this nation’s power vexed the prophet?
- What answer does the prophet find?
- How is the great truth in 2:4 developed – what is it opposed to?
- Where is it quoted in the New Covenant? Did anyone notable ever get affected by the verse?
- List the five woes Habakkuk gives in Chapter 2? Does the US possess any of these?
- How is the judgment of Babylon described in Chapter 2?
- In Chapter 3, how does Habakkuk describe the righteousness of God?
- Why does he describe God as a warrior? Should that encourage us?
- In what words does the prophet express the strength of his faith in God?
- What should we, or do you, learn from the book?