Habakkuk 1

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Ahabiblemoments begins this narrative commentary series on Habakkuk quite differently. You can click on the following and hear a three-minute overview of the Book of Habakkuk.


Has anyone ever asked of God WHY(?) this or that? Habakkuk did this 2700 years ago and he was a prophet of God. Some amazing understandings and clarity of our Christian issues today are revealed in the very first chapter Habakkuk. Answers to many of our common questions come to light.

One of the spiritual concerns of Habakkuk was that God seemingly would not answer his pleadings, petitions, prayers, and requests. He prophesied around 612 B.C. This is at the time of the fall of Nineveh and Assyria. Jonah wished the Assyrians (Nineveh) to be judged many years earlier but much to the chagrin of Jonah they repented. The Book of Micah exemplifies what Jonah had wished to be ill on the Assyrians. He also pointed the warning finger to both northern and southern kingdoms of Israelis. Nahum tells the Ninevites, you will have no more warnings. Here comes God’s judgement. Habakkuk sees God’s punishment happen (as also did Micah). But, he had difficulty understanding why God would replace the Assyrians with an even greater nation of evildoers.

Reminder of the sequence of prophetic events:

  • Amos: The book of Amos was to announce God’s holy judgment on the Kingdom of Israel (the Northern ten Tribes of Israel). This happened 120 years before Habakkuk prophesied in 712 B.C.
  • Obadiah: His prophetic mission as an Israeli was to the cousins of the Israelites; the Edomites or descendants of Jacob’s twin brother Esau.
  • Jonah: Like to Obadiah, Jonah took the same type of message to the Assyrians in their capital city of Nineveh.
  • Micah: As does Isaiah, the book of Amos announced God’s judgment on the Kingdom of Israel (the Northern ten Tribes of Israelis).
  • Nahum: Nahum 100 years earlier was essentially God’s follow up of the warnings to the Assyrians by Jonah. They repented then but fell back in their old ways within their next generations.
  • Habakkuk: He witnessed the fall of Nineveh in 612 B.C. (Assyrians) to an even more merciless people called the Chaldeans (Babylonians). He also saw the fall of the southern Kingdom of Judah to the same Chaldean-Babylonians.

Habakkuk 1:1,2 He begins his book by asking God a very blunt question. It almost reads like Habakkuk thinks God does not listen. “How long shall I cry; will you not listen; I cry out to you; will you not intervene” (paraphrase mine)? This is like Jeremiah 12:1. Jeremiah is asking the same thing of God. It is different circumstances but like Habakkuk questioning the ways of God.

Habakkuk 1:3 Christian believers who are some studied in the Word of God ask the same question today. Even do those who are believers ask…Where do we not see or hear of strife, contentions, iniquities, trouble around us, plundering and violence? It is everywhere and NOT just in the United States. We can add to this by reading the next verse in Habakkuk.

Habakkuk 1:4 “The law is powerless, And justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore perverse judgment proceeds.” Are we not seeing this all around us today? Habakkuk sees it daily. It is around 612 B.C. (BCE: Before Current Era).

Habakkuk 1:4 God responds to Habakkuk in a vision; “this is what Habakkuk saw” [verse 1]. There is ruthlessness all around and the just seem to be the minority. God does not deny this. Even the laws of the land do not stop the evil. At times there seems to be a two-tier justice system. One set of enforced laws for the commoner and another set of limited laws for the elite. Let’s make it a three-tier system. The third tier is those who follow not any law other than domination, strength, and force…my gun is bigger than your gun attitudes. The laws of nature. Woe to those then and now who didn’t have let’s say, a means to defend self and family. What is going on with Habakkuk if he doesn’t feel or think GOD is a defense against such woes?

Habakkuk 1:5 God tells Habakkuk to not be nearsighted but look to the nations in existence at that time. God is telling Habakkuk to be more observing. Recall what has happened and what will happen. One should underline the following. Habakkuk saw the fall of Assyria and the fall of the Kingdom of Judah. He saw some of Jeremiah’s prophecies fulfilled. Jeremiah, Zephaniah and Habakkuk were contemporaries. He knew of the fall of the northern Kingdom of Israel. More on this human attitude in Habakkuk 2:5

Importantly is what God tells Habakkuk in verse 1:5b. “I will work a work in your days Which you would not believe, though it were told you.” It is amazing that Habakkuk, a prophet of God is told by God that he would not believe even if God told him? This in and of itself is astounding.

Habakkuk 1:6 is part of that unbelief God says Habakkuk will have…even though God is telling him. God says that he is raising up a counter-nation to Assyria, one that has an even worse attitude than did/do the Assyrians? How can this be? How can a God of creation do such a thing? Instead, how about a Red Sea event? Maybe another plague as in Egypt but now upon these bad Assyrian people? What about another Jericho Wall miracle? Perhaps a reuniting of all the Tribes of Israel, a strong leader, and a swift victory for their armed forces such as in the time of Jehoshaphat?

NOPE God says! I will use an even worse and evil nation to dissolve Assyria for the life of this planet earth.

Habakkuk 1:7-11 (NIV) God admits his solution is to use a more troubling nation than were the Assyrians. God even gave Habakkuk a long list of the reputation against humanity by those soon to invade Nineveh then Judah itself.

  1. They are terrible and dreadful
  2. Their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves
  3. Their horses are as swift as leopards
  4. They are as dreaded as the evening wolf packs on the hunt
  5. They seem to not weary of their long travels
  6. They soar as eagles hunting for prey
  7. Their arrival or sight on the horizon means pending violence
  8. They gather captives as does the fierce easterly dust storms gathers sands
  9. They make mockery of other kings (and their gods)
  10. The Chaldeans are elated at their success just to transgress even more

One would think that Habakkuk’s complaint to God to this point in chapter 1 is personally dangerous waters. But he isn’t done trying to remind God who God is yet seems to violate HIS own standards.

Habakkuk 1:12  First Habakkuk recognizes and compliments God for who he is. Then…(v13b).Cntrl/Click on this link and read it for oneself. In verse 13a Habakkuk points out that God is pure, then he asks why he tolerates evil against mankind and God himself. Verse 13 also addresses a personal question some may hesitate to admit to wanting to ask but it is in one’s mind. Why does God allow the less righteous to dominate those who are trying to live a righteous life?

Habakkuk 1:14  Now Habakkuk, in a way, accuses God of not being a God of justice. Habakkuk says that God allows men to create a state of anarchy, by wrong going unpunished. It is as if there were no God of concern. He compares the world to the sea; men to fishes; Nebuchadnezzar to a fisherman (Jameison-Fausset-Brown).

Dr. David Guzik expresses this passage quite well in his commentary on Habakkuk:

It would be like crying out to God about the state of the church in America, and hearing God respond by saying, “I’ll fix the problem by [allowing] a Communist invasion of America.” We would say, “Wait a minute LORD – the problem is bad, but your cure is worse than the disease!”

We at ahabiblemoments see it similarly. It is like a former Christian nation like America crying out to God about the church being repressed and God says…”I will fix it by bringing socialists to power in your congress.”

Habakkuk 1:15They take up all of them with a hook, They catch them in their net, And gather them in their dragnet. Therefore they rejoice and are glad.” They delight in giving misery to others. Recall Habakkuk is not talking about the brutal Assyrians but of a force God is going to bring to uproot the Assyrians. These same people will within a couple years do the same to the Kingdom of Judah.

The last two verses of Habakkuk chapter 1 are, in a sense, similar to Matthew 13:12-14. God already told Habakkuk earlier in this chapter that even if God attempted to explained it to him, he would not understand. This is NOT a viable excuse for a Christian to neglect studying the Words of God. One cannot hide behind the excuse of not understanding. First gain knowledge then seek understanding. Read how Habakkuk handles this in verse 1 of chapter 2.

Rev Dr Jstark

Amu – Hyksos – Shepherd Kings – Amalekites (Pharaohs)

In researching the subject of these Semite rulers of Egypt called Hyksos jStark3(Shepherd Kings) we found significant historic revision; i.e. convenience to deny the truth or support someone’s supposition. The name Hyksos is an Egyptian name that means shepherd kings (Hyk;shepherd, sos; kings). These people were hated and enslaved the indigenious people of Egypt. Rather than try to address all of the revisionist history recorded on the WEB and in many history books, let’s look at the facts. First, these people were known as foreign invaders; people who took control of pharaoh’s throne without a fight from Egypt’s legendary military(s). Even the History Channel in October of 2010 noted that these people moved in and set themselves up as rulers “WITHOUT OPPOSITION.”

Next, the Amu, Hyksos, Shepherd Kings and Amalekites are one and the same people. Even opposing historical views tend to agree on this fact. These people hated the Israelites as much as they hated their more powerful neighbors, the Egyptians. Egyptologists validate and verify this information. 

What might one find in the Bible that correlates with these fact? The Bible tells us that after 400 years of servitude, the by then very populous Israelites left Egypt under the leadership of Moses. 

Moses parting the Red SeaThe Bible tells us the story in The Book of Exodus about the Red Sea incident. The Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land and the sea waters returned to their basin when Pharaoh and his army tried to follow.

The Bible also tells us that the Israelites saw dead (drowned) Egyptian soldiers washed up on the shore. This would be to the EAST side of the Red Sea where the Amalekites lived. It doesn’t take a giant leap of brain power to expect that the Amalekites would also see the same thing since this was their side of the Red Sea. 

We also know that the Amalekites began an *age-old grudge battle with straggling Israelites. 1 ½ million people (Israelites) marching ten abreast would be a line that stretches 150 miles. Joshua was ordered by Moses to select trained men of war from the ranks of the Israelites, go to the back of the long line of Israelites, and deal with the Amalekite army. He defeated them and the Amalekites turned their attention to their real purpose, invading a leaderless and now powerless Egypt.Think about this… If Pharaoh and his entire army drowned in the Red Sea, and as the History channel “documentary” put it, the “Amu” moved in without resistance, they set themselves up as “the Hyksos; i.e. became hated Shepherd Kings.” Why were they hated? They enslaved the Egyptians just as the Egyptians had previously enslaved the Israelites. They stayed in power until 400 years later **King Saul of Israel attacked and defeated them [1 Samuel 15:7-8; 1 Chronicles 4:42-43]. This defeat allowed the Egyptians to re-install an Egyptian Pharaoh as ruler over lower and upper Egypt and became “morally obliged” to Israel.



AHA MOMENT: God tells us several times in the Bible that He will settle the score with those dispise Christians and those who curse Israel. Israel was enslaved by Egypt 400 years. After their ‘exodus” from Egypt, the Amu, Amalekites, Shepherd Kings, Hyksos, all the same people, enslaved the Egyptians for…  that’s right,400 years. Now you know the rest of the Bible story that secular history tries to revise or deny. 

* According to the Book of Genesis and 1 Chronicles, Amalek (Hebrew: עֲמָלֵק), was the son of Eliphaz and the grandson of Esau (Gen. 36:12; 1 Chr. 1:36); the chief of an Edomite tribe (Gen. 36:16). His mother was a Horite, a tribe whose territory the descendants of Esau had seized. [WikiPedia] 

** Israel was first ruled by Judges for 400 years. King Saul, anointed by the last judge of Israel, Samuel, became the first king of a unified Israel. 

Sources: Josephus, Menatho, Papyrus Ipuwer, Brugsch, & Velikovsky, Holy Scriptures, Wiersbe Bible Commentary

Author’s Extra Note: Keep in mind that not only did the ruling Pharaoh drown with his mounted and foot soldiers, his son had already died due to the tenth plague; i.e. the supposed next Pharaoh of Egypt. No one was left to officially take control of the Egyptian throne. The Amalekites simply moved into Egypt unapposed. Bear in mind that the Amalekites came into being through Esau, twin brother to Jacob, some 500 years earlier in history. This means they can be identified as Semites, but not Israelites. Contrary to history revisionists, Semites did set themselves up to rule over Egypt, but NOT the Israelite (Jacob’s) line. During the time the Amu ruled and enslaved the Egyptians, Israelites were busy setting up the nation of Israel, ruled by judges for their first 400 years as a nation. QUESTION FOR YOU: Who did God tell King Saul to attack shortly after becoming King of Israel? The answer is in the history book called the inspired Word of God… the Bible.


The Law Of Averages

The Law of Averages: …”real theorem that a random variable will reflect its underlying probability over a very large sample.”

This theorem is used in many areas of life, some for good and some not so good. None the less, it is called a LAW of averages; over time certain things will average out. We are looking at the populations of the earth today in comparison to the beginning of mankind after the Great Flood; Noah and his three sons: Japheth, Shem and Ham. They started as equal in numbers and over time, the count of their offspring will still average out to something on par with their beginning ratio.

What’s the point? We tend to incorrectly view the Jewish population today as representative of all of the Tribes of Israel when in fact they were only one of the *thirteen tribes to move into the lands promised to them by God himself; Tribe of Judah [yehudah/jews]. Due to this misunderstanding, well-meaning people tend to equate this with the whole of the Hebrew population.

The Aha Moment? Using the Law of Averages (probability theory, expected value, etc) this means that the number of Jews in Israel, New York and the rest of the world is but a small percentage of the total count [“…as the sands of the seas,” Genesis 32:12]. Since these peoples began as descendants of Shem, one of Noah’s three sons, factoring in the global count of people and the Law of Averages, there is valid reason to believe there are 2 billion Hebrews on earth today. So who are they even if they don’t know who they are? Think about it? 1/3 of the world’s population!



. All Israelites are Hebrew but not all Hebrews are Israelites. Don’t forget the Arabs through Ishmael, the Edomites/Idumaeans through Esau and Ket’urah/Abraham’s six sons; all are Hebrew.

Simply put: All Jews are Israelites; all Israelites are Hebrew; all Arabs are Hebrew; All descendants of Ket’urah are Hebrew. all of these people carry Abraham’s DNA.

*13 Tribes of Israel in the Promised Land: http://www.uhcg.org/Lost-10-Tribes/13-Tribes-of-Israel.html