The Gospel in Habakkuk

Where is the Gospel in Habakkuk?

Throughout his dialogue and talk with God, we se his

Worry is transformed into worship. 

Fear turns to faith. 

Terror becomes trust. 

Hang-ups are resolved with hope. 

Anguish melts into adoration.

(Holman)

The problem of evil that Habakkuk presents is a real, clear, and present danger, there is no use pretending it’s not, but, Habakkuk shows us the proper response, and we take what he did in the short term and apply it to ourselves.

God fixed the immediate problem of evil in the short term with the Babylonians coming against His people.

God fixed the problem of evil ultimately in the person and work of Jesus. 

In Habakkuk 3.12-13 we read

12 You marched through the earth in fury;

you threshed the nations in anger.

13 You went out for the salvation of your people,

for the salvation of your anointed.

You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,

laying him bare from thigh to neck.

Jesus triumphed over evil, sin, and death, Jesus triumphed over the world, the flesh, and the devil, and all that can be thrown against us (1 Corinthians 15.55-57).

Jesus triumphs over the problem and perpetrator of evil once and for all. Here in Habakkuk, God delivers His people from Babylon, and in His finished work on the cross God delivered His people from evil, bigger picture, and this was signed, sealed, and it will be delivered (Revelation 19.11-16, 20.7-10).

Think about what Habakkuk said about the past problem of bondage to sin and the oppression of evil…think about the Exodus from Egypt, think Pharaoh…

13 You went out for the salvation of your people,

for the salvation of your anointed.

You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,

laying him bare from thigh to neck.

Now, think of God delivering His people from Babylonian captivity, the TRUE meaning of Jeremiah 29.11, plans for hope and a future…think here Babylonian King…

13 You went out for the salvation of your people,

for the salvation of your anointed.

You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,

laying him bare from thigh to neck.

Now, think about this in relation to the second coming of Christ, the forever and ever putting to death of sin and evil, breaking its hold on us and everyone and everything else, think of our great enemy, the accuser, the deceiver…

13 You went out for the salvation of your people,

for the salvation of your anointed.

You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,

laying him bare from thigh to neck.


See, Habakkuk spoke of the past, the present, and the future, and at the centre of them all, is Jesus. 


The problem of evil that Habakkuk presents is real, no doubt, but, he shows us the proper response, it’s ok to ask, it’s ok to wrestle with these things, it’s ok to go to God in prayer and ask, frankly, what’s going on, because God has already put in motion the plan to get you out of it, both now and ultimately.

It might seem like it’s slow to us sometimes, we want it fixing NOW; a week, a month, a year is so long for us,but He is all knowing, He is all powerful, He is all loving, and He will deliver His people with His anointed, and we are told, in Habakkuk 2.4live with faith in this plan, even when evil seems to be abounding.

What is the plan? Of course, we are talking about faith in the person, plan, and power, of Jesus.

 

Revelation 11.15-19 – Evil or compassion?

15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

who is and who was,

for you have taken your great power

and begun to reign.

18 The nations raged,

but your wrath came,

and the time for the dead to be judged,

and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,

and those who fear your name,

both small and great,

and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.

Here then is the seventh trumpet. Time has been given for those on the earth to turn hearts and minds to the Lord, now is the time for the seventh trumpet.

Some offer the fact that Jesus preached on hell as a reason why He is not all that good, in fact some say He is evil for teaching such abhorrent ‘truths’.

But, think of it this way; if you were in a building that was on fire, would you not warn others in that building?

If you were are driving down the road and there is bridge collapsed on the other side, would you not do everything you can to warn traffic heading in the other direction?

So Jesus teaching on the reality of hell is actually a loving and compassionate thing to do, not evil. He is telling us the alternative, what waits for us if we reject His Word and His ways. Still, some are not satisfied and say Jesus cannot be all that…a loving God would never punish anyone…

So the seventh trumpet is blown and with absolute certainty,

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”.

The elders present hear this and fall down to worship with a beautiful song, within which we see a very telling reason why it is actually quite alright for Jesus to teach that hell is real and by the same token, why the wrath of God poured out on a fallen world is not evil, too;

18 The nations raged,

but your wrath came,

and the time for the dead to be judged,

and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,

and those who fear your name,

both small and great,

and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

We see that those who reject God are, for want of a better term, left to their own devices. But, for those who choose His Word, His will, His way, His Son, the time has now come (here in Revelation)

for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,

and those who fear your name,

both small and great.

So, Jesus’ teaching on hell doesn’t make Him evil, it shows His compassion as He is warning people what is coming. Now, we don’t need to go out into the street and start street-preaching about hell, that may turn people away from the faith even quicker if a bunch of people start shouting about hell in the street.

But, on a very real note, what can we do to warn those of the future destinations detailed here? The bridge they are driving towards has most certainly disappeared, despite what they may think.

What can we do to warn them?