Habakkuk: The Master of Babylon

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The Master of Babylon

Sin in Judah, God uses Babylon, Praise to God.

Background: Habakkuk is dismayed at the sin in Judah prior to the invasion by Babylon
Theme: God is the Master of History and the Nations
Outline: Sin in Judah, God's Use of Babylon, Praise to God
Key Verse: "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Hab 2:14, NIV)

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The Bible Knowledge Commentary (Vol I, Old Testament) is an excellent resource and is referred to as the BKC.


Because of the sins of Judah, the LORD will raise up Babylon as an instrument of discipline.  The people still have the opportunity to repent, just as Ninevah had an opportunity to repent many years earlier.

Mr. Blue (BKC) states, "It is safe, ..., to say that Habakkuk was an officially ordained prophet who took part in temple liturgical singing." We cannot take Mr. Blue's words here too literally - we know Habakkuk was a prophet and wrote at the express direction of God, but 'officially ordained' may wrongly imply a public ceremony in which this office was placed on him.

I. A Dialogue with God: Habakkuk Previewed God's Discipline of Judah (1)

II. A Dirge from God: Habakkuk Pronounced God's Destruction of Babylon (2)

2:3 "For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay." (NIV) Although speaking of this specific prophecy, this verse give a broad principle about revelation from the LORD. Our views are limited to short time spans, especially in younger years we cannot seem to grasp the flow of history and prophecy into the future beyond a few years. There are many events yet to come, including the Lord's return and a final judgement, but just because they are in the future does not make them less certain.

III. A Doxology to God: Habakkuk Praised God's Design of Creation (3)

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Updated March 2012

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