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Reprinted with permission:
September 16, 2015
“Look at the nations and watch—and be utterly amazed.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
Part 1 . . .
Habakkuk is another Old Testament prophet about whom we know very little. Aside from the fact that he introduces himself as a prophet, and that his name is mentioned twice in the Book, there is little else of substance to which we can cling relative to who he was. Furthermore, his name is not mentioned anywhere else in Scripture. Thus, whatever we are to conclude about the man must be drawn from the three chapters that make up the Book of Habakkuk. However, based on the context of his writing, it seems reasonable to conclude that Habakkuk may have been a contemporary of the more familiar prophet Jeremiah.
Before proceeding, it might prove worthwhile to reflect on what happened in our nation on September 11, 2001. Consider the carnage and destruction that was inflicted on us by a group of Middle-Eastern, Islamic terrorists. Although not Babylonians, as such, these men were from that same geographic vicinity. Thus, an interesting question to consider is this. Has America strayed so far that God used the Babylonians, once again, as an instrument to awaken our sensitivity to His justice? With this thought in mind, reading through the Book of Habakkuk may open an entirely new understanding of what God is saying through His prophet, thereby sensitizing our sense of responsibility and accountability to the Holy One of Israel.