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Three things that would hinder us in our occupation with Christ and His coming: the fear of man; the deceitfulness of riches; the cares of this life.

Habakkuk 1

The first of the Minor prophets called a "prophet" - only Haggai and Zechariah also called prophets. It's a hard name to pronounce, but an easy book to understand and enjoy. Here's a summary of it. It is like the thoughts of a person who realizes how wicked the people around him had become. And they were God's people too.

Then he gets upset by the Israelites being killed by the nations around them. But then God explains things to him that God knew what was going on. Habakkuk knows that these nations were happy to attack Israel. So he decides he had better stop talking and listen to God, for He was using these nations to punish Israel for the awful things they were doing. Habakkuk is not only satisfied to hear this, but he is very happy. So will we be if we obey and listen to Him.

Hab 1:1-4 He is complaining to God that everybody was getting away with breaking the law, and God wasn't doing anything about it.

Hab 1:5-11 The enemy was allowed to do this damage because of Israel's sins. They thought they were doing this for their own god.

Hab 1:12-17 He knows God is from eternity and can do anything!


Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer. Pray often: for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan. John Bunyan

Habakkuk 2

Hab 2:1-3 Habakkuk decides he had better stop talking and start listening to what God was trying to tell him. God told him to write down what He was saying. All this that was happening was a picture of what was going to happen to Israel far in the future! (It hasn't happened yet. The tribulation would take place before the Millennium.)
Do you get the picture? Habakkuk was like in the tribulation.

Hab 2:4 Good for us today.

Hab 2:5-19 Many warnings. Don't judge things by what you see (Read John 20:29).

Hab 2:14 Refers to what it will be like in the Millennium.

Hab 2:18,19 A warning against idol worship.

Hab 2:20 Tells us that the Lord is in control of everything.


If there is no godliness in the home, there will be no blessing in the assembly.

Habakkuk 3

Hab 3:1-end What a change takes place! Now Habakkuk prays.
"Shigionoth" means a serious song or poetry, or an elegy.

Hab 3:17-19 Beautiful confidence! He now can say, "Lord, although you might take everything, yes, everything away, I can still rejoice in Thee!" Wonderful little Book, packed with instruction for us! It begins with a "burden" and ends with a song! When we are enjoying the Lord Jesus, He will turn our problems and burdens into a song. The harp is a stringed instrument, also found in Rev. 5:8.


by Norman Berry - 1911-2001
Published by Mario Persona

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