Understanding The Bible
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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETIC BOOKS
LAMENTATIONS: Introduction and Simple Outline
(Lee and Carroll adapted)
Habakkuk prophesied either in the latter part of Josiah's reign or shortly after in Jehoiakim's reign, about 620-610 BC (Whitcomb). At any event, the captivity is seen fast approaching in this book. Although beginning after Jeremiah, Habakkuk's ministry is completed quite a while before Jeremiah's. See 2 Kings 22:1-24 and 2 Chronicles 34:1-36:8.
THE FIRST CONVERSATION 1:1-11
The perplexed inquiry of the prophet 1
Perplexed because Jehovah seems indifferent to sin in Judah.
Jehovah's answer 5-11
Jehovah explains that He is not ignorant of or indifferent to Judah's sin, but is about to bring the Babylonians against Judah to punish her sin!
THE SECOND CONVERSATION 1:12-2:20
Again the perplexed inquiry of the
Jehovah's reply solved the first difficulty, but raised another: How could a holy God use a nation, more wicked than Judah, to judge His chosen people?
Jehovah's righteous reply 2:2-20
He will, in turn, severely judge Babylon for her arrogance and cruelty. Five woes are pronounced against her (5-20). In the meantime, faith patiently waits until a day when God's rule shall encompass the earth (14), and all shall worship Him (20).
THE PROPHET'S PRAYER AND PRAISE 3 (Thirtle's Theory)
The petition: "Since trouble must come, --in wrath, remember mercy" 1-2
The praise: A figurative description of the majesty of the Lord at Sinai, and in going before Israel to possess Canaan 3-15
The prostration: The effect upon the prophet of the remembrance of these things 16
The proper view of providence: "YET, I will rejoice in the Lord alway" (Phil. 4:4) 17-19
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