Two more days of reading and writing and I will be out of the Old Testament and will welcome the New Testament! I’m splitting up the last 5 books. Reading less today and more tomorrow so that I can start Matthew on Monday. There may be chance yet of finishing the read before my birthday on April 5. We’ll see.
Habakkuk. Though God’s ways are sometimes mysterious… the righteous shall live by his faith.
Zephaniah. Message of revival and hope is told.
Haggai. This message is prior to the rebuilding of the temple and return to Jerusalem.
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Habakkuk questions/complains about God’s use of those who do not worship Him. “The wicked surround the righteous.” He asks how God could let it continue.
God’s answer is interesting… He says, “Look among the nations. Wonder and be astounded… I’m doing a work that you wouldn’t believe if you were told.”
Habakkuk says that he will stand his station and watch. God tells Habakkuk to permanently write down the vision. The righteous shall live by faith. The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord… as the waters fill the seas.
Habakkuk prays in peace and says that he will rejoice in the Lord and will take joy in the salvation and strength of God.
The day of the Lord is near!
Judgment on Judah’s enemies will finally be finalized. Look back in Genesis 15 and Nehemiah. Moab and the ammonites will finally receive the wages for their actions against Israel and God.
Israel will be restored. God is Mighty to Save. He will rejoice with gladness over those whom he loves.
Haggai speaks that it is wrong for Israel to live in “paneled houses” while God’s house is in ruins. The people will obey and do the work.
God’s glory will return to the temple because of the work and sacrifice of the people.