Profit For Today From A Prophet of Yesterday

“. . . how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! . . .” Hab. 1:2

THE PROPHET’S PROBLEM (1:1-4) – Mystery of Justice

  1. Concern over justice (v. 1)
  2. Cry for justice (v. 2)
  3. Complaint about justice (v. 3)
  4. Complacency of justice (v. 4)

THE PROPHETIC PROGRAM (1:5-11) – Means of Justice

  1. Choice of the Chaldeans (vv. 5-6)
  2. Chastening by the Chaldeans (vv. 7-11)
  3. Savage characteristics (v. 7)
  4. Swift conquest (v. 8)
  5. Securing captives (v. 9)
  6. Scorning the conquered (vv. 10-11)

THE PERPLEXED PROPHET (1:12-2:1) – Misunderstanding Justice

  1. Perplexed over wicked success (vv. 12-13)
  2. Permitting the wicked to succeed (vv. 14-15)
  3. Plunder by the wicked (vv. 16-17)
  4. Prophet’s watch (2:1)

. . . I will Joy in the God of my salvation.” Hab. 3:18

THE PATIENT PROPHET (2:2-5) – Message of Justice

  1. Reply to the prophet (v. 2)
  2. Revelation to the prophet (v. 3)
  3. Righteous principle (v. 4)
  4. Restlessness of a proud people (v. 5)

THE PERVERSE PEOPLE (2:6-20) – Manifestation of Justice

  1. Woe against ill-gotten increase (vv. 6-8)
  2. Woe against inhumanity (vv. 9-11)
  3. Woe against iniquity (vv. 12-14)
  4. Woe against intoxication (vv. 15-18)
  5. Woe against idolatry (vv. 19-20)

THE PROPHET’S PRAYER (3:1-19) – Meditating on Justice

  1. Prophet’s prayer (v. 1 )
  2. Prophet’s petition (v. 2)
  3. For revival of God’s work
  4. For rescinding of God’s wrath
  5. Portrait of God’s power (vv. 3-15)
  6. Wonders in the Sinai (vv. 3-6)
  7. Wrath on sin (vv. 7-10)
  8. Work of salvation (vv. 11-15)
  9. Pondering God’s power (vv. 16-19)
  10. Fearing God’s power (v. 16)
  11. Faith in God’s purpose (vv. 17-19)

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OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF HABAKKUK

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