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True Joy: Not Found in Earthly Justice (Habakkuk 1:1-11)

Justin Bebb, November 22, 2020
Part of the Habakkuk series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Habakkuk 1:1-11 | November 22, 2020 | Pastor Justin Bebb
“True Joy: Not Found in Earthly Justice”

1. God gave Habakkuk a vision so he would share a burdensome message
with his people. (1:1)

2. Habakkuk complains that God’s people are perverting the law and justice,
and it seems that God does not care. (1:2-4)

3. God’s Shocking Reply: He is responding to the injustice by raising up the
Babylonians as His instrument of justice. (1:5-11)

Tags: Covenant, Joy, Judgement, Justice

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Habakkuk 1:1–11 (Listen)

1:1 The oracle that Habakkuk the prophet saw.

  O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
    and you will not hear?
  Or cry to you “Violence!”
    and you will not save?
  Why do you make me see iniquity,
    and why do you idly look at wrong?
  Destruction and violence are before me;
    strife and contention arise.
  So the law is paralyzed,
    and justice never goes forth.
  For the wicked surround the righteous;
    so justice goes forth perverted.

  “Look among the nations, and see;
    wonder and be astounded.
  For I am doing a work in your days
    that you would not believe if told.
  For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans,
    that bitter and hasty nation,
  who march through the breadth of the earth,
    to seize dwellings not their own.
  They are dreaded and fearsome;
    their justice and dignity go forth from themselves.
  Their horses are swifter than leopards,
    more fierce than the evening wolves;
    their horsemen press proudly on.
  Their horsemen come from afar;
    they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
  They all come for violence,
    all their faces forward.
    They gather captives like sand.
10   At kings they scoff,
    and at rulers they laugh.
  They laugh at every fortress,
    for they pile up earth and take it.
11   Then they sweep by like the wind and go on,
    guilty men, whose own might is their god!”

(ESV)

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