4 Time and Message of Habakkuk: Between 606 and 597 BCAn Interactive and Prophetic “Theodicy” or Explanation of God’s Purposes and Ways in the World
5 Talk about it:Share about a time in your life when you questioned what God was doing in your life or in the life of others close to you.
6 Habakkuk 1: 2-4: A Question and a Call for Justice Places of Injustice in the Modern World:MyanmarChinaSudanNorth KoreaEtc.
7 The ISOT, California Saga: A Call for Justice Closer to Home
8 Habakkuk 1:5-11: God’s Unexpected Response: I will use the Chaldeans (Babylonians) to punish the ungodly nation of Israel.
9 What Habakkuk Might Have Expected God to Say to His Pleading: I will use you Habakkuk to punish the ungodly in the land and be a righteous leader for the people.The ground will open up, just as it did at Mt. Sinai, and swallow whole all of the ungodly in the land.
10 Habakkuk 1:5-11: God’s Unexpected Response: I will use North Korea to punish Singapore for being too oppressive and controlling of its people!?!
11 The ISOT, California Saga: The End of an Era:ISOT, California:
12 Habakkuk 1:12-17: Habakkuk’s Consternation and Confusion The Babylonians were more unrighteous than the Israelites!They worshiped their own might and wisdom rather than the one true God!How can God ordain this kind of seemingly unrighteous judgment?
13 The ISOT, California Saga: Letting Go of the Loss and Trusting God through the Apparent Injustice of It AllForgiving Those Who Allowed and Carried Out the Injustice
14 Habakkuk 2:1: Habakkuk’s Wait for an Explanation I will stand, watch and wait expectantly for your response.I am willing to receive a divine rebuke and repent of my attitude of incredulity.
15 Conclusion and Application: Read to the end of the story.Ask God for insight and then vigilantly listen and wait for His answer.Trust in God even when you do not fully understand His answer to your question.
16 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman Who are You GodFor You are turning out to be So much different than I imagined And where are You God Cuz I am finding life to be So much harder than I had planned
17 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman Know that I am afraid To ask these questions But You know they are there And if You know my heart The way that I believe You do You know that I believe in You Still I have these questions
18 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman Like How could You God How could You be so good and strong And make a world that can be so painful And where were You God I know You had to be right there I know You never turn Your head
19 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman You know that I’m confused By all this mystery You know I get afraid But if You know my heart As completely as I trust You do Oh You know that I trust in You
20 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman Is it true that for every tear I cry You cry a thousand more Cuz You weep for those that weep And are You, just holding Yourself back From crushing all the pain and evil in this world For reasons we just cant understand for now
21 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman But isn’t there a day of redemption coming OhhhRedemption is coming Ohhh Quickly Lord, come quickly Lord, come quickly Ohhh Ohhh
22 “Questions” by Steven Curtis Chapman So who am I God That You would raise me from the dust To breathe Your life and Your love in me You know that I believe