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3 Things to Meditate on: Habakkuk (Habakkuk 1:1-17, Isaiah 10:5-7, Zephaniah 2:3-3:8, John 5:17, Psalm 121:1-8, Psalm 103:7, Matthew 11:28, Exodus 33:12-13, Psalm 27:11, Isaiah 55:8-9, Numbers 23:19, Jeremiah 22:15-17, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:36)

Don Maitland, 12 May 2019

Part of the Attributes of God series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

(i) God's word is TRUTH and will come to pass
(ii) God is in full control of all the affairs of men
(iii) Know the attributes and ways of God - trust Him

Habakkuk's first problem v1-4
(a) He was a prophet - a righteous God-fearing man.
(b) Therefore he was concerned about God's holiness and the fact that God could not look upon sin (1:13)
(c) He was a man of prayer and it seemed his prayers were being unanswered (1:2)
(d) His big problem was that God knew the sins of Judah and was doing nothing (v 2-4)
(e) His basic problem was that he wanted God to act now and in Habakkuk's way (2:3)

God's first answer v5-11
(a) God at work in nations 1:5 (see Is, Jer, Ezek, Dan) Assyria + N.Kingdom of Israel (NB Is 10:5-27) (Zeph 2-3 - NB 3:8)
(b) Jn 5:17 - Ps 121
(c) Take note - (1948->)
(d) Despite v5, God tells Habakkuk anyway v6-11
(e) But note v 11b - Remember Assyriaa (Is 10)

Habakkuk's second problem v1:1-17
(a) Problem number 1 - God was doing nothing
(b) Problem number 2 - God was working contrary to what was righteous and good as Habakkuk saw things 1:13
(c) NB The works of God and the ways of God (Psalm 103:7)(Matt 11:28)
(d) When I consider your attributes [v12-13 - you can't use the Chaldeans (Babylonians)]
(e) I will take my stand until you give me some clarification (2:1)

God's second answer 2:2
(a) God is Good, Just, Perfect - what He decrees, He will do (2:2-3)(3:16) (Num 23:19). See additional notes.
(b) The Babylonians: proud 2:4, greedy 2:5-7, extortioners v8-11, exploiters v12-14, dunkards v15-19, idolators v18-20, So too the nation of Judah (Jer 22:15-17).
(c) But God remains in control 2:14 (5x in OT)
(d) Trust God 3:16, 2:4 (used 3x in NT)(Rom 1:17) (Gal 3:11) (Heb 10:36)

Habakkuk's Praise and Prayer Chapter 3
(a) 2:14 (b) 2:4 (c) 3:2 (d) Some attributes of God 3:4 glory and power, 3:13 grace : v 17-19

God is at work among many nations, that is very clear and no doubt about that.

Isaiah 14:24,27
Numbers 14:35 23:19
Genesis 21:1 28:15
2 Kings 15:12
Job 23:13-14
Psalm 115:3 135:6-7
Proverbs 14:21 21:30 19:21
Isaiah 22:11 25:1 46:10-11 9:7
Jeremiah 1:11-12 4:28
Lamentations 2:17
Ezekhiel 12:25-28
Daniel 4:34
Jonah 1:14

Our Sovereign God, who is Good and has Almighty Power and a Perfect Plan will work out that which he has decreed.
We need to be yielded to Him and walk with Him.
Eph 5:18 See Model #1

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Habakkuk 1:1-17

1The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 2O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 3Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 4Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. 5Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. 6For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs. 7They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. 8Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 9They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. 10And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 11Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god. 12Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 14And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 15They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. 16Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 17Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations? (KJV)

Isaiah 10:5-7

5O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. 6I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. (KJV)

Zephaniah 2:3-3:8

3Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger. 4For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. 5Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! the word of the LORD is against you; O Canaan, the land of the Philistines, I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant. 6And the sea coast shall be dwellings and cottages for shepherds, and folds for flocks. 7And the coast shall be for the remnant of the house of Judah; they shall feed thereupon: in the houses of Ashkelon shall they lie down in the evening: for the LORD their God shall visit them, and turn away their captivity. 8I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border. 9Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of my people shall spoil them, and the remnant of my people shall possess them. 10This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts. 11The LORD will be terrible unto them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place, even all the isles of the heathen. 12Ye Ethiopians also, ye shall be slain by my sword. 13And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness. 14And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work. 15This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand. 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city! 2She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the LORD; she drew not near to her God. 3Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow. 4Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law. 5The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame. 6I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. 7I said, Surely thou wilt fear me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings. 8Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. (KJV)

John 5:17

17But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. (KJV)

Psalm 121:1-8

1I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. 6The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. 8The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. (KJV)

Psalm 103:7

7He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. (KJV)

Matthew 11:28

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (KJV)

Exodus 33:12-13

12And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. (KJV)

Psalm 27:11

11Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. (KJV)

Isaiah 55:8-9

8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (KJV)

Numbers 23:19

19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (KJV)

Jeremiah 22:15-17

15Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him? 16He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD. 17But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it. (KJV)

Romans 1:17

17For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)

Galatians 3:11

11But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)

Hebrews 10:36

36For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (KJV)