This week kicks off our study of Habakkuk! I will be teaching and setting the tone for the study Thursday at The LR as we begin in Habakkuk 1:1-11. I’ll post my notes from the teaching on Friday.
Spend time during the week to get to know this Old Testament Minor Prophet.
Date: 600-550 B.C. after the reign of King Josiah
The importance of King Josiah:
Before Josiah came to reign as king over Israel the nation had been controlled by two wicked kings: Manasseh and Amon. During the era of these two kings, Judah had radicailly fallen away from the worship of God. They (God’s choosen people) started worshiping the god Baal, offering their children to the god Molech, and dedicating their horses to the sun god. They abandoned the Temple and allowed it run to ruins.
Josiah comes to power at a young age and begins to restore the spiritual state of the nation. He leads the people to repentance and back to God. King Josiah restores the Temple and while doing so finds the Book of the Law. Judah got so bad that they completely lost the Bible! He restores God’s Law as well as the Passover celebration. The nation has turned back to God and is living by his Law.
Josiah dies in battle after 31 years of reign. After his death his son, Jehoahaz, becomes king. Things do not start off good for him. In Scripture, one verse into his reign, he has already done “what was evil in the sight of the LORD.” – 2 Kings 23:32.
Long story short…. Judah slips back into it’s wicked, idol worshiping ways prior to Josiah. The nation turned away from God and injustice is running ramped.
This is when Habakkuk comes on the scene.
Note- the full account of King Josiah is in 2 Kings 22-23
- God is just
- God is sovereign
- Sin will be punished
- God is working even though we may not see it or understand
- Habakkuk questions God (1:2-11)
- God answers (1:5-11)
- Habakkuk questions God (1:12-2:1)
- God answers (2:2-20)
- Habakkuk trusts God (3:1-19)