2015-11-29 - Habakkuk
Introduction and Outline
Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called Habbacuc, who had made pottage, and had broken bread in a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the reapers. But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go, carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel, who is in the lions' den. And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon; neither do I know where the den is. Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown, and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den. And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel, take the dinner which God hath sent thee. And Daniel said, Thou hast remembered me, O God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love thee. So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately.” (Bel and the Dragon 1:33-39). 1
The fanciful account, of an event with which we are not familiar, comes from the book “Bel and the Dragon,” found in the Apocrypha. It purports to be the missing conclusion of the Book of Daniel. Needless to say, there is no basis for believing there is any authenticity to this account. But it does demonstrate how little we know of the individual identified as Habakkuk.
Starting with this devotional, I am going to do a series on the minor prophets - Habakkuk, Haggai, Nahum and Joel. I am going to be looking into them as a series of messages that flow in the following themes: 1. God’s unfathomable ways. 2. The requirement of obedience, even when not understanding God’s reasons. 3. For those who choose to disobey comes judgment. But finally, 4. The day is coming when God will restore all things for His own. – We will start by looking at the book of Habakkuk.
To be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.