Clarity for the Crisis
Habakkuk 1-2 Habakkuk comes to God with a complaint. There is injustice all around. God’s answer is that he is preparing the Babylonians to be an instrument by which he judges his own people. This solution seems perplexing to Habakkuk! God’s answer in Ch 2 helps Habakkuk see that he is not ignorant, nor inactive, or absent. He will bring justice. Several woes are pronounced by the survivors of Babylon’s violence (2:6-20). The righteous, meanwhile, are called to live by…
Zephaniah 1:1-2:3 In response to Judah’s sin, God announces that he will judge his people. Zephaniah highlights the reasons for and nature of this judgement, while in 2:1-3, there is a glimmer (if nothing more) of hope for the righteous remnant. The themes of God’s comprehensive judgement and hope will come out again in part two, next week.