This page is a daily devotion. It will study a chapter of the Bible for 5 days one section at a time. Then it will move on to another chapter for 5 days. Included is a verse to memorize.

‚Äč

Habakkuk chapter 3

 

Memory verse: Habakkuk 3:19

 

Habakkuk prophesied like Jeremiah that the Babylonians were coming as a judgment on Judah (Habakkuk 1). He prophesied also, like Jeremiah, that the Babylonians would also be judged later (Habakkuk 2). Chapter 3 is a prayer of Habakkuk about the fearfulness of the power of the wrath of God. It concludes with a great statement of faith in God that no matter the circumstances, we can have joy and strength in God. The first sentence has the same word as the introduction of Psalm 7. The last sentence is similar to the introductions of many of the psalms. This indicates this chapter was to be performed in the temple as a prayer and as a worship song.

 

Day 1 – revive thy work in the midst of the years

Verses 1-4

Habakkuk heard the word of the Lord against His people, and it brought fear to him. He prayed  that in the midst of executing His wrath, God would remember mercy, and give them revival. Amos said that even when God was sending destruction to the land, He would be like a shepherd who fights a lion which has attacked the flock (Amos 3:12). Even though the lion had already killed and eaten a sheep, the shepherd fought the lion to get two legs or a piece of an ear out of his mouth. God is willing to save whoever will. Jesus “is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him (Hebrews 7:25)”. Teman was a city in Edom, whose people were the descendants of Esau. It was southeast of Israel. Paran was the wilderness southwest of Israel in which the Israelites wandered between Egypt and the promised land. The glory of God was manifested, but not to bless. It was to judge. We tend to think of the glory of God as something to rejoice in, but we must never forget that He is also the Judge. Sometimes the glory of God appeared at the tabernacle because God was angry with Israel (Exodus 16:10, Numbers 14:10, Numbers 16:19 & 42, Numbers 20:6). The light of the presence of God is inapproachable (1Timothy 6:16). “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1John 1:5).” He had horns coming out of His hand. Horns are symbolic of the power of kingdoms (1Kings 22:11, Psalm 132:17, Jeremiah 48:25, Lamentations 2:3 & 17, Daniel 7-8, Zechariah 1:18-21, Revelation 12:3, Revelation 13:1 & 11, Revelation 17). God holds the reins of power over all nations (Daniel 4, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:16).

 

Day 2 – He stood, and measured the earth

Verses 5-8

Political correctness says God allows things. This is not scriptural language. God sends things including pestilence (Exodus 5:3, Exodus 9:15, Leviticus 26:25, Numbers 14:12, Deuteronomy 28:21, 2Samuel 24:13-15, 1Kings 8:37, Psalm 78:43-51, Jeremiah 14:12, Jeremiah 21:6, Jeremiah 24:10, Jeremiah 27:8, Jeremiah 29:17, Ezekiel 5:12 & 17, Ezekiel 14:19 & 21, Ezekiel 28:13, Amos 4:10). Whenever a religious leader says that a major event such as an earthquake was by the hand of God, there is outrage. The outraged should read their Bible (Isaiah 2:19-21, Isaiah 13:13, Isaiah 29:6, Ezekiel 38:20, Joel 3:16, Haggai 2:6 & 21, Hebrews 12:26, Revelation 6:12, Revelation 8:5, Revelation 11:13 & 19, Revelation 16:18). The false portrayal of God as a pacifist is unbiblical and dangerous. It fails to connect sin and its consequences, and it undermines people’s fear of God. Before His presence burns a fire (Exodus 13:21-22, Leviticus 9:24, Leviticus 10:2, Numbers 11:1, Deuteronomy 32:22, 2Samuel 22:9 & 13, 1Kings 18:38, 2Kings 1:10-14, 2Kings 2:11, 2Kings 6:17, 1Chronicles 21:26, 2Chronicles 7:1-3, Psalm 21:9, Psalm 50:3, Psalm 97:3, Isaiah 30:27-33, Isaiah 66:15-16, Jeremiah 23:29, Ezekiel 1:4 & 13, Ezekiel 21:31-32, Daniel 7:9, Matthew 3:11-12, Luke 12:49, 2Thessalonians 1:8, Hebrews 12:29, Revelation 20:9).

 

Day 3 – Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers

Verses 9-12

Cushan and Midian are areas of Arabia. God was not angry at the waters of the earth. He was angry at the sin of man. God can shoot out His judgments like an arrow from a bow (Numbers 24:8, Deuteronomy 32:23 & 42, 2Samuel 22:15 (Psalm 18:14), 2Kings 13:17, Job 6:4, Psalm 7:12-13, Psalm 21:2, Psalm 38:2 & 7, Psalm 45:5, Psalm 58:7, Psalm 64:7, Psalm 77:17, Psalm

144:6, Isaiah 41:2, Lamentations 2:4, Lamentations 3:12-13, Ezekiel 5:16, Habakkuk 3:9 & 11, Zechariah 9:13-14). The sun, moon, mountains, and waters which were not given morality had enough sense to fear God. It was man who He was judging that did not get it. So it is today.

 

Day 4 – Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people

Verses 13-16

In the midst of judgment God comes out with salvation. He does this with His anointed. The word anointed here is the word Messiah, or in the New Testament Christ. He crushes the head of the wicked. This is very similar to Genesis 3:15 wherein the seed of the woman crushes the head of the serpent, who is the devil (Revelation 12:9). The woman does not have the seed. The man does. That is why this verse is interpreted as a prophecy of the virgin birth of Christ. “Head of the wicked” can mean the literal head, or it can mean the leader. Thus an application can be he who leads the wicked – the devil or the antichrist, both of whom Christ will defeat (Revelation 19:19-20:10). The Lord will destroy his kingdom from the ground up. God and Satan know the importance of the foundations things are built on. Satan always attacks foundational things of the Bible and the church because “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do (Psalm 11:3?” His problem is the foundation of the church is the revelation of the manifestation of God in the flesh – Jesus Christ, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against this foundation (Matthew 16:16-18). God will turn his own devices against him. Satan comes against the people of God in two ways. He comes like a tornado, which is really just fast moving air making a lot of noise when it comes to him. He tries to bluff us into thinking he has the power, and is winning. He is like the big bad wolf blowing hot air against a brick house. As long as we stay in the safety of God, he cannot get us. He also comes in secretly – deceitfully in a costume (Matthew 7:15, Matthew 23:27, Luke 11:44, Galatians 2:4, 2Corinthians 11:14, 2Peter 2:1). When Habakkuk heard about God coming in judgment, the fear of God made his belly and his lips tremble even to his bones. He adds this interesting comment, “that I might rest in the day of trouble”. When we fear God, we do not have to fear anyone or anything else, even death (Matthew 10:28, Hebrews 2:14-15).

 

Day 5 – The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet

Verses 17-19

Even if all of Habakkuk’s crops failed – the figs, the grapes, the olives, and the grains – and even if all of his livestock died, he would still find joy in God his Savior. If we can only find joy when our circumstances our favorable, then we will never find the true joy that only comes from God. This does not mean we are to rejoice about calamites, but rather in spite of them. “And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you (John 16:20-22)”. Jesus did not expect the disciples to rejoice that He died, but He knew He was going to rise again. That would bring them joy that no man could take away. God even takes the sorrow of death and turns it into joy. When a fellow Christian dies, we sorrow for our loss in this life, but we also rejoice because they have entered into eternal life (1Thessalonians 4:13-18). Our strength does not come from ourselves. It comes from God. He will make us like a deer which walks in high places (Psalm 18:33, Isaiah 58:14). This is symbolic of being raised up, honored, protected, and victorious. A Hebrew word bamah translated high places can mean a mountain, a fortress or castle, a battlefield, or a place to worship God or idols. Armies always seek to hold the high ground in a battlefield because of its strategic advantage. That is why forts and castles are usually built there. It makes their defense much better. Men often worshipped God in mountains (Genesis 22:2, 1Samuel 9-10, 1Kings 3:1-4, 1Kings 18:18-24, 1Chronicles 21:29). Unfortunately, there are many references in the Bible to men worshipping idols in high places. This became a snare to Israel that was only dealt with by Asa (2Chronicles 14:3-5), Jehoshaphat (2Chronicles 17:6), Hezekiah (2Kings 18:4), Josiah (2Kings 23:15-19). After they took the idols down, they were later rebuilt. This happened continually until the people provoked the wrath of God beyond remedy. We need  to make sure the high places of our heart and our life are dedicated to God.