To Whom was Habakkuk Writing?
Habakkuk: The First Audience
Habakkuk’s first audience is God. The book is made up of an intense and emotionally charged conversation between Habakkuk and God as the prophet pours out his heart to God and addresses the violence and evil of his day and God’s form of punishment and judgment on his people. He wants to know why God would allow such things. When we need to ask God “Why?”, Habakkuk shows us it is okay to question God.
Habakkuk: The Second Audience
His second audience is the people of Judah that lived during his lifetime before the Babylonian captivity and addressed the conditions of his country. God was bringing judgment on Judah in the form of the Babylonians conquering them and taking them into captivity. Habakkuk had questions and sought to reconcile his understanding of God’s sovereignty with what appeared to him as the incongruous actions of a loving and merciful God toward His people.
Habakkuk had a Message for His People
If he had questions before the Babylonian captivity, then surely the people would have questions when going through the captivity. Habakkuk’s message to his people via the recording of his conversation with God would help them reflect on the means and methods of God. The people should have expected the coming judgment for God told them exactly what would happen to them if they turned their backs against Him. God had made a covenant with them and that covenant included the consequences of breaking the covenant agreement (See Deuteronomy 28)In Exalting Jesus in Jonah, Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk the authors write, “he [Habakkuk] has the prophetic responsibility to enlighten God’s people with an in-depth theological perspective on the events of his day.” In other words, Habakkuk had the hard task of reminding the people of God’s promised curses if they broke their covenant with Him.
Habakkuk: The Third Audience
Because people in every generation experience injustice, violence, and evil, Habakkuk’s audience also includes all the generations after him. Habakkuk would have had no idea that the record of his oracle would become part of the Biblical canon of today, and while unintentional on Habakkuk’s part, his message has become a message for all people in all parts of the world from his day to today and until the end of the ages. What was true then is true now. God’s sovereignty and faithfulness do not change.
 Eric Redmond, et al. Exalting Jesus in Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, edited by David Platt, et al., (Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2016), 167
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