Introduction to the Book of Habakkuk
The Book of Habakkuk was written before the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in 587BC. Habakkuk asks why God appears to allow the cruel and bloodthirsty Babylonians to succeed.
Title? The Book of Habakkuk.
Written by whom? The prophet Habakkuk.
When? Written between 620 & 597BC.
Where? In the southern kingdom of Judah.
To whom? His message was a dialogue between himself and God.
What was the message? Habakkuk looked ahead to the forthcoming invasion by the Babylonians, and asked why God was allowing such a violent nation to triumph.
The 'Queen of the Night' - the Babylonian goddess Ishtar (Hispalois)
Hab 1:1-4 Habakkuk complains to God about the injustices surrounding him. “The teachings are weak, and justice never comes. Evil people gain while good people lose; the judges no longer make fair decisions” (Habakkuk 1:4)
Hab 1:5-11 The LORD answers, “I will do something in your lifetime that you won't believe even when you are told about it.” (Habakkuk 1:5)
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