Posted by: Pauline | April 29, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday May 6

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 3:16-19

While we don’t know anything about the prophet Habakkuk except what can be inferred from his words in this book, we can identify the time frame as shortly before the Babylonian army invaded and conquered, carrying off the Jews into exile. We know from the history recorded in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, as well as from the prophets who were contemporaries of Habakkuk, that the religious reform attempted by King Josiah had died with him, and that corruption, immorality, and violence were rampant. Habakkuk cries out to God to do something about it.

In the rest of the book that is not part of this reading, we learn that God’s response to the evil in the kingdom of Judah will be to bring punishment by another evil nation, the Babylonians – who, in turn, will also be punished for their evil. So it looks like things will probably get a lot worse before they get better. Yet Habakkuk ends on a note of hope. He knows God’s power and God’s goodness, and no matter how bleak his circumstances, he will find strength in God and rejoice in Him.

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