I did a quick study of the book Habakkuk this morning. I'm thinking about doing a pretty intensive study on it because it is a very special book to me. Anyway, I found out several interesting things re: Habakkuk. Thought someone might be interested:
- Habakkuk is one of 3 books sandwiched together (Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah) that each address a different way God deals with mankind.
- Habakkuk, the writer, is like the "Doubting Thomas" of the Old Testament...or perhaps more accurately Doubting Thomas is the "Habakkuk" of the New Testament. :)
- Habakkuk asks the question that is one I have asked God many times: Why? And he answers.
- The book starts in a question mark and ends in an exclamation point.
- Habakkuk 2:4 is referenced in 3 books of the New Testament: Romans 1:17 (memory verse for this week), Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 Over-arching theme: The righteous will live by faith.
And for some reason now I have this in my head:
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God for if righteousness could be gained by the law, Christ died for nothing. Galatians 2:20-21
So, faith--apparently a pretty big deal! :) Expresses itself through love. (Gal 5:6)
What did you learn in the word of God this morning? Please share!