A. Conditions in Judah (1:1-17).1. Habakkuk "saw" a message (burden) from God (1:1). 2. Habakkuk complains about the sinful condition of Judah (1:2-4). a. The prophet called on God to punish the violence of Judea (1:2). b. The wickedness of Judah was increasing (1:3). c. Law was disregarded and Justice was perverted (1:4). 3. God answers that he will send the Babylonians to punish and cleanse (1:5-11). a. God is about to do an incredible thing (1:5). b. The Babylonians were about to sweep across the whole earth (1:6-7). c. The Babylonians described as vicious and merciless (1:8-11) 4. The prophet's plea for Judah (1:12-17). a. The nature of God should prevent the pillage of Judah & the world (1:12-13). b. The Babylonians capture their enemies as a fishermen catch fish. (1:14-17). B. The Babylonians described and denounced (2:1-20). 1. The prophet watches to see the outcome (2:1). 2. God's instructions to the prophet (2:2-3). a. Write the vision and make it plain (2:2). b. The threatened punishment will surely come (2:3). 3. The proud shall not continue but the righteous shall live by faith (2:4-5). 4. Defeated nations and captured people will rise against the oppressor (2:6-8). A taunting song with five stanzas, each has its own subject and begin with “Woe”, except the last. Each stanza have a closing verse introduced with “for, “because” or “but.” 5. Five Woes (2:6-19). 1) Woe to the Greedy (2:6-8) 2) Woe to the Dishonest (2:9-11) 3) Woe to the Violent (2:12-14) 4) Woe to the Sensual (2:15-17) 5) Woe to the Idolater (2:18-19) 6. God is in his holy temple (2:20). C. The prayer of Habkkuk (3:1-19). 1. Fear of the Lord and appeal for a Revival of God’s work (3:2). 2. The coming of God in judgment (3:3-15). a. The awesome power and glory of God (3:3-7). b. Was God angry with rivers and streams? (3:8). c. The might of the Lord on display (3:9-10). d. God controls the elements and is overpowering in war (3:11-12). e. The purpose is to save God's anointed people (3:13-15). 3. The people fear and tremble at the prospect of chastisement (3:16-17). 4. In God there is ultimately joy and victory (3:18-19).
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