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Habakkuk helps us understand the theme of Hebrews…

Don’t you just love the short books of the Bible?  One can read them in just a few minutes and then take hours to list observations, meditate upon them, compare them to other scriptures, and then live them.  Now – how many of you have eagerly picked up your Bibles just to read Habakkuk?  And, where is it?  Page 1507 in my Bible.  Right after Nahum.  Thanks, that’s a big help, huh.

Let’s do some observations:

First line, first verse:  “The oracle (burden) which Habakkuk the prophet saw.”  Did you pick up on that word, “saw?”  This “burden” which usually contained warnings, was seen in a vision by this prophet.  And, that’s all anyone knows about Habakkuk.  A prophet, who is going to write one line in one verse that we will see repeated three times in the New Testament.  And, from the context of those three quotes, I venture to say, is the theme of the whole revelation of the Word of God!  And, the first mention of this theme is tucked away in this little three-chapter book!  I just love “searching for treasure” because gems can be found in the most unlikely places to this human; but, oh, the delight of discovery!

Interlude:  Right here I may need to remind you of Hebrews 1:1 – “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways….”  An oracle, or burden, revealed in a vision is one of those portions and ways spoken long ago.  Verse 2 says:  “in these last days has spoken to us in Son…”  We now have the Word – the Son – before us to read.  Visions belong to the “long ago.”

Habakkuk has seen a vision and ventures to have a “conversation” with the Lord, and He lets us in on it.  This is wonderful.  We will find Habakkuk saying, asking, what we are thinking also.  More than ever, I think, people are interested in other folk’s affairs.  It is even considered “newsworthy.”  There is “Inside Edition” into people’s lives.  Cut off the T. V. and open your Bibles and listen:

Habakkuk speaks: (1:1-4)

“How long, O Lord, will I call (“call out with a loud voice”) for help, and Thou wilt not hear?

I cry out to Thee, ‘Violence!’”

Yet Thou dost not save.

Why dost Thou make me see iniquity(trouble, with reference to the nature and consequences of evil doing),

And cause me to look on wickedness (oppression, injustice)?

Yes, destruction and violence are before me;

Strife exists and contention arises.

Therefore the law is ignored (“benumbed,” paralyzed)

And justice is never upheld (never goes forth).

For the wicked surround the righteous;

Therefore, justice comes out perverted.”

…….tomorrow, the LORD speaks….


October 16, 2013 - Posted by | Habakkuk, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews

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