Introduction to Habakkuk: Be Utterly Astounded. (Habakkuk 1:1-17) Jan 2020

INTRODUCTION TO HABAKKUK: BE UTTERLY ASTOUNDED

Habakkuk 1:1-17

Habakkuk was likely a “professional” prophet. His name means “embracer” and he likely prophesied at about 609-605 B.C. He prophesied about God’s judgment at the hands of the Chaldeans (Babylonians).

I. A HEARTFELT QUESTION (vs. 1-4)

    a. What word does Habakkuk use to describe what he saw? ___________________________________________________

    b. What question does the prophet ask the Lord? ____________________________________________________________

    c. What answer does it seem the prophet expected? __________________________________________________________

    d. Does this plea reflect the attitude of the nation or Habakkuk? ____________________________________________________

II. THE LORD REPLIES (vs. 5-11)

    a. Was the Lord’s reply what Habakkuk was looking for? _______________________________________________________

    b. Is the Lord specific about where judgment would come from? ________________________________________________

    c. How does the lord describe the Chaldeans? _______________________________________________________________

    d. What does this demonstrate about God’s ability to use anyone for His purpose? __________________________________

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    e. Why do you think the Lord tells Habakkuk that the Chaldeans transgress and ascribe their power to a pagan god? ______

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III. THE FOLLOW-UP QUESTION (vs. 12-17)

    a. Does Habakkuk seem to be telling the Lord He is getting the story wrong? ______________________________________

    b. Why is the prophet having a difficult time understanding what was coming? _____________________________________

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    c. Does God need to have the actions of the Chaldean’s spelled out for Him? _______________________________________

    d. Given what you have seen in studying the other Minor Prophets …what is the root of the problem? ___________________

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IV. APPLICATION: Should we be surprised that there are consequences for our actions? ______________________________

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