An outline of the Book of Habakkuk
Hebrew Name - Chavaquq
The prophet Habakkuk asked God two questions: (1) Why would you allow so much
corruption to continue in the land of Judah for so long without being punished?
God told Habakkuk that he was going to do something spectacular, He was raising
up the cruel and violent Babylonians to come and crush the land of Judah. (2)
Why would a holy God allow such a wicked people as the Babylonians to come and
ravage the land of Judah whom He loves? God told Habakkuk that the Babylonians
are fearless and determined and they scoff at Kings, and they would become his
instrument of judgment because of the land of Judah's wickedness for they had
forsaken God. But the mighty Babylonians would have a day of judgment coming
upon themselves as well. Habakkuk also gave hope to God's people of a future
glory where the "earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the
Lord, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14).
Greek Name - Habakkouk (Greek form of the Hebrew)
Author - Habakkuk (According to Tradition)
Date - 626 BC Approximately
Theme - The Judgement of the Babylonians
Types and Shadows - In Habakkuk Jesus will judge the oppressors
There is little known about the man Habakkuk, he began to prophesy around the same time as Jeremiah in the latter part of the seventh century BC. This was a time after the northern kingdom of Israel have fallen, and only the southern kingdom of Judah remained. They had their moments of glory yet their disobedience was uncurable, and the Babylonians were on the rise.
1:1-1:17 The Prophet's Complaint 2:1-2:5 God's Reply to the Prophet's Complaint 2:5-3:1 The Woes of the Wicked 3:2-3:16 The Prophet's Prayer 3:17-3:19 Trust and Joy in the Midst of Trouble