Sermon Bible Study Guides
Praising God for his justice
Read Habakkuk 3:1-16
- How does this passage describe God? What are some of the actions God is described as doing?
- What is Habakkuk's response to this 'report' of God's work? What does he feel in response to hearing these things? (v. 2, 16)
- What is Habakkuk’s prayer in light of this? (v.2)
- What does Habakkuk say he will wait for?
- What is your initial response to this description of the Lord?
- How should the power and destruction God carries out shape the way we think about him? How should it inform the way we pray and live?
Read Habakkuk 3:17-19
- Summarize Habakkuk’s conclusion in this section.
- How is this different from his view of God in Hab. 1?
- What is not the basis of whether he will rejoice? What is the basis of his rejoicing?
- How do we remind ourselves that our joy should be in the Lord?
- Habakkuk takes strength in the midst of hardship because of promises of God that he knows are coming. What promises of the Lord encourage you?
Does God Care About Injustice? (Part 2)
Read Habakkuk 1:12-2:1
- How does Habakkuk describe God and what he said he would do?
- What is Habakkuk’s second complaint, and how does it relate to his first? (last week)
- What tension is Habakkuk wrestling with? What evil are the Chaldeans guilty of?
- What does Habakkuk decide to do? (2:1)
- Can you relate to the tension Habakkuk feels about God’s working in the world?
Read Habakkuk 2:2-20
- Summarize God’s whole answer.
- What does God tell Habakkuk to wait for? Why might it seem slow?
- What will become of the Chaldeans and why?
- What phrase is repeated throughout v. 6-20 and what does it mean?
- What different kinds of injustice are they guilty of?
- How does God contrast the wicked/righteous, and God/idols? (consider carefully v. 4)
- What does this passage show us about God’s character and work in the world?
- How does God’s judgment on evil affect you? (how does it make you feel/live?)
- What injustices are you tempted by or guilty of?
- How does this passage fit into God’s ultimate plan of redemption in Jesus Christ crucified?