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26 February, 2017

Search The Scriptures —Study 0 — Introduction to Habakkuk

Study 0 From the Book of Habakkuk is: The Introduction of the book of Habakkuk
Introduction: We know nothing about Habakkuk himself except that he was a prophet, and the only clear historical reference in the book is to the Chaldeans in 1:6, on the basis of which a date just after the Battle of Carchemish (605 BC) is suggested, when this ‘bitter and hasty’ nation was marching westwards to subjugate Jehoiakim, king Judah. Habakkuk was thus a contemporary of Jeremiah, but the two men were very different. Jeremiah’s problem was how God could destroy his people. Habakkuk’s problem was how God could use so evil a nation as the Chaldeans as His instrument (cf. Isaiah and the Assyrians).  The problem is set forth in chapter 1, and God’s answer is given in chapters 2 and 3 in words of extraordinary depth and grandeur.