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Habakkuk/Hebrews, part 3…

But they will be held guilty,  They whose strength is their god.”  (Habakkuk 1:11)

Let’s take a detour and talk about where we need to seek our strength:

  GRACE IS ENOUGH

2 Corinthians 12:9 “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient (brings contentment) for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities (needs), that the power (same word as “strength”) of Christ may rest upon me.”

The Lord told Paul that His grace would provide contentment. (The word, “sufficient” is the same word as “contentment” in our Hebrews 13:5 verse!)   Grace is the power of Christ. It is not easy to be content, it takes the power of Christ. This contentment in this verse deals with contentment in weakness and infirmities. If the Lord does not change our infirmities, then we are to rely on His grace which is his power.

“Grace” and “strength” are both mentioned in Acts 4:33 -” And with great power (same word as “strength”) gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.”

“Power” appears 120 times in the New Testament as “miracles,” “strength,” “works,” “mighty works,” “ability,” “virtue,” and “meaning.”

There is coming a day when everyone will know from whence comes STRENGTH:

Isa 45:23 I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.
Isa 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.
Isa 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

And a reminder of the power of God’s strength:

1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Rev 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

October 18, 2013 Posted by | Habakkuk, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

Habakkuk/Hebrews, part 2…

Hope you are still following from yesterday.  Habakkuk spoke of conditions that he did not like, and, today, the LORD answers:

The Lord speaks: (1:5-11)

“Look among the nations! Observe!

Be astonished! Wonder!

Because I am doing something in your days –

You would not believe if you were told.

For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, (Babylonians! – Iran, Iraq)

That fierce (bitter) and impetuous people

Who march throughout (the breadth of) the earth

To seize (take possession of) dwelling places which are not theirs.

They are dreaded and feared.

Their justice and authority originate with themselves.

Their horses are swifter than leopards

And keener than wolves in the evening.

Their horsemen come galloping,

Their horsemen from afar;

They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour.

All of them come for violence.

Their horde of faces moves forward.

They collect captives like sand.

They mock at kings,

And rulers are a laughing matter them.

They laugh at every fortress,

And heap up rubble to capture it.

Then they will sweep through like the wind and pass on.

But they will be held guilty,

They whose strength is their god.

History note:  The Babylonians invaded the southern kingdom of Judah three times.  In 605 B.C., Daniel was taken captive, along with others.  Then in 597 B.C., Ezekiel was taken captive.  The third invasion was in 586 B.C. when Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed.

On Friday, a short note on the Biblical definition of “strength” for the faithful (full of faith) believer as opposed to the strength of the above mentioned Babylonians.  Read those verses again!

October 17, 2013 Posted by | Habakkuk, Ladies Bible Study Notes, Learning to read - accurately, Studying Hebrews | Leave a comment

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 | Leave a comment

   

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