Summary: From a short two-session in depth Bible Study on Habakkuk...



Nothing is really certain of the prophet Habakkuk. Even his name is a mystery

because it has no real Hebrew origin or meaning. It could be derived from an ancient

non-Hebrew word meaning dwarf or he could be named after a plant. One ancient

manuscript (the legend of Bel and the Dragon) references a person named Habakkuk as a

priest. The style is viewed by some to be in the lamentation/prayer style that was used

on the Day of Atonement which would also lead credence to the idea of Habakkuk being

a prophet of priestly origins.

Despite the lack of knowledge about the books’ author, we know that from

ancient times, Habakkuk has been a book that has not suffered the questioning of its

inspiration and inclusion with Scripture.

Habukkuk is different from many prophetic writings because it begins with a word

from the prophet rather than the Lord- Habakkuk cries out and God responds. It ends

with a Psalm which celebrates in God’s strength and righteousness.



The complaint suggests that Habakkuk has spent a great deal of time in prayer

seeking God’s response. He feels as if his call for help has gone unheeded. He feels as if

God has ignored the status of the nation.

He uses graphic words to get God’s attention:

Violence Injustice Wrong Destruction Strife Conflict

A PARALYZED Justice System

righteous surrounded by the wicked as justice is PERVERTED

In other words, his complaint is that things are rotten all over, and getting worse.

He reminds God that he is waiting for an answer to his prayers, but the answers seem

long in coming and he wonders aloud how much longer he will have to wait.

Habakkuk’s cry to God may seem similar to that of the disciples in the boat right

before Jesus calmed the terrible storm that they were in. “Lord, don’t you care that

we’re about to perish?”

Often, the devil points at the circumstances of life to try to mislead us about the

nature of God. He shouts, “God’s not doing anything.” He points at God and says, “See,

He doesn’t care about you.”

The truth is that God has not fallen asleep and forgotten about His people. The

truth is that God is quite concerned about each and every one of us. While the devil

tries to use circumstances to malign and slander God’s character and nature, our human

emotions sometimes tend to agree with Satan’s slanderous allegations and allow the evil

one to plant doubt and fear in our heart.


God’s response is that he is about to do something amazing. He is not inactive as

Habakkuk implies, but is already at work preparing the judgement of His people. He

states he is raising up the Chaldeans (who at this point of time were being formed into

the Babylonian Empire).

Why would Habakkuk be amazed at this? God had already stated that Habakkuk

would be amazed by what God was doing and would have trouble believing it.

First, the Babylonians were NOBODYs! The real threat the Jews

could see at this point was the nation of Assyria.

Second, the Babylonians were even more evil than the people

that Habakkuk was already complaining to God about.

Look carefully at the descriptive words God uses to describe the character, power

and might of the Babylonians:

vs. 6 ruthless and impetuous

Taking what is not theirs

vs. 7 dreaded and feared people

have their own law


vs. 8 Powerful Calvary (infantry could not stand up to Cavalry in those days)

vulture (unclean scavenger bird)

vs. 9 bent on violence (difficult to make peace with)

no stopping them (like the Mongolian invaders of later times)

prisoner gatherers

vs. 10 enjoy humiliating their ROYAL enemies

unintimidated by fortified cities (skilled at the art of sieging)

After taking the time to describe the power or might of their calvary, God

establishes that the one thing that could stop a Cavalry attack (a fortification) will not

prove effective because these are siegemasters.

vs. 11 They won’t be around forever (they sweep on past)

They are guilty

They worship their own strength (which, though substantial is nothing

compared to the strength of God)

By the time Habakkuk had finished hearing this message from the Lord he must

have been horrified. He answers God.


Habakkuk answers God, calling him by His Holy name (the name he gave

Moses- the name which means the Alpha and Omega-- The God Who was, is and will

be) and makes reference to God’s eternal qualities. It also refers to the the covenant

God has with the Children of Israel.

In faith, Habakkuk declares- “We will not die.” Despite the threat of what was

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John Mccormack

commented on Jul 8, 2011

Brother, may I please suggest you preach/teach for more? I do like many ideas in your outline!

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