Habakkuk struggles to understand God's goodness in the midst of evil and injustice in the world.
Rather than an accusation against Israel or a message to the people on God's behalf like many of the other prophetic books, the book of Habakkuk is a compilation of the prophet's laments. Habakkuk questions God's goodness because he sees so much injustice, evil, and tragedy in the world. He's also concerned because God plans to send Babylon, an intensely evil nation, to judge Israel.
When will your justice be done?
Throughout the book of Habakkuk, we see Babylon as an example of a nation that exalts itself above God and practices injustice, violence, and idolatry. In the end, God reminds Habakkuk and every generation that God will deal with evil. We can continue to love and trust his timing and plan as we remain faithful.
Israel has become violent, unjust, and corrupt, and Habakkuk asks God to intervene. God replies that he will use a terrifying empire to judge Israel.
Habakkuk hates that God would use an incredibly violent and corrupt nation like Babylon to judge Israel. God replies that all nations will be accountable.
Habakkuk lists five woes perpetrated by Babylon. However, most nations eventually perform these same violent, unjust, and idolatrous injustices because of the sinful human condition.
God Will Act
Habakkuk pleads for God to act and end corrupt nations. God's powerful appearance illustrates that when he eventually confronts human evil, everyone will pay attention.
The book of Habakkuk ends by comparing the ancient Exodus story to a future exodus when God defeats evil, brings justice, and rescues all the oppressed.
The Scroll of the Twelve, or in the Christian tradition, what are referred to as the “Minor Prophets,” are not intended to be read in isolation of one another, but rather as a unified whole....