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Journey through Habakkuk

Questions and Answers (1:1-2:5) – Part 3

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Yesterday we found God’s answers to Habakkuk’s questions were not the wanted or expected answers. Today, we will see Habakkuk’s concerns with God’s plans for Judah

Habakkuk’s Concerns with God’s Plans (1:12-2:1)

Even though Habakkuk called on God to do something about the violence and wickedness in Judah, he cannot be happy with God’s plans. Instead of being satisfied or finding feelings of justice and satisfaction, he is even more confused regarding the tension between God’s actions and His character. After all, how can God, who is pure and holy, chose a sinful, idolatress nation as His divine instrument of judgment? Habakkuk asks God why He puts up with such treacherous people and why does God say nothing when the wicked devour the righteous?

Habakkuk cannot Reconcile God’s Character with God’s Plan

Habakkuk cannot come to terms with God’s plan aligning with God’s character. So, Habakkuk appeals to God’s character. He acknowledges that Babylon is God’s instrument of judgment, and that God cannot tolerate evil nor condone wrongdoing. But God has been active from ancient times. He is sovereign, holy, and immortal. He is God from all eternity. Because God is holy, He does not just hate sin but He is completely repulsed by the very sight of it. Thus, Habakkuk is once again confused. How can a God who so intensely hates sin tolerate and allow it while at the same time remain silent while the righteous are being persecuted by the wicked?

Habakkuk Reminds God of the Sins of Babylon

Habakkuk then begins to point out the sins of Babylon in verse 15. He says they are tyrants who will pull them all up with a fishhook and hauls some off into captivity while others will experience death. Habakkuk uses the imagery of fishing equipment to convey his questions to God. Specifically, he tells God that Babylon will catch them all in his dragnet. The [1]

Habakkuk sees his people as helpless fish before the Babylonian army and the fishhooks and dragnets represent the military machinery the Babylonians will use to capture them. Then, rather than giving God the glory for their success, they will burn incense and worship their own success and military might. So why would God use this nation for his purposes?

Habakkuk Remained Faithful Even thought He is Confused

Yet still, the reader sees Habakkuk’s faithfulness even considering his confusion. He may not understand, but he trusts in God – and God alone.

Habakkuk then braces himself for God’s response. He will stand at his post on the city wall like sentinel, watching the horizon for the approaching Babylonian army as he readies himself to hear what God will say next because God’s first answer was a wisdom problem for Habakkuk. He could not reconcile his theology of God with the plans of God. Whatever God’s greater purpose in His plans was, Habakkuk could not fathom. Due to a lack of insight into the ways of God, Habakkuk is struggling and only God can explain it, so he says, “I will stand at my guard post and station myself on the lookout tower. I will watch to see what He will say to me and what I should reply about my complaint (HCSB).” Redmond writes,

Habakkuk Remained Faithful Even through the Waiting

It is both symbolic and significant that the prophet is in the watchtower waiting for the Lord to come to him again. The tower was a place of watching and waiting. In Ezekiel 3:17 the Lord says to the prophet Ezekiel, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman over the house of Israel. When you hear a word from My mouth, give them a warning from Me.” So, the responsibility of the watchman was to warn God’s people whenever the Lord warned him.[2]

As we reflect on Habakkuk and his faithfulness, can we say that we remain faithful when God seems to not make sense, or when He seems silent? Are we faithful to Him when we are waiting for Him to respond to our needs? The Psalmist writes:

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help. The face of the Lord is set against those who do what is evil, to erase all memory of them from the earth. The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit. Many adversities come to the one who is righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all (Psalm 34:15-19, HCSB).

[1] Brand, Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 441.

[2] Redmond, Exalting Jesus in Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, 177.

[1] Miller, Holman Old Testament Commentary, 62.

[2] Chisholm, Handbook on the Prophets, 435

[3] Ibid., 435.

[4] Thomas, Habakkuk, 85.

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