Sermon by Anders Nelsson
March 18th, 2012
A Divine Q & A (Questions and Answers)
Background on Habakkuk.
- He lived as a prophet.
- He lived about 600 years before Jesus
- A prophet normally has a message from God that they share with the people. Habakkuk is different. In this book we step into the mind of Habakkuk ad here his inner thoughts. This book is a conversation between Habakkuk and God.
Habakkuk 1:2-4 (NIRV)
“Lord, how long do I have to call out for help? Why don’t you listen to me? How long must I keep telling you that things are terrible? Why don’t you save us? Why do you make me watch while people treat others so unfairly? Why do you put up with the wrong things they are doing? I have to look at death. People are harming others. They are arguing and fighting all the time. The law can’t do what it’s supposed to do. Fairness never comes out on top. Sinful people surround those who do what is right. So people are never treated fairly.”
In this section of the Bible Habakkuk is asking God really difficult questions. Where are you when it hurts? Where are you when evil things happen to God’s people? Are you even there? Do you even care?