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The Prophet Habakkuk: His Prophecy and an Explanation

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Habakkuk:The Prophet who questioned GodThere were many prophets in the Bible, but none were quite as daring as Habakkuk. Habakkuk spoke out to God, and asked why He was allowing the world to be full of hate, violence, and death. Habakkuk isn’t the most famous prophet, but he spoke with God, and preached God’s warnings.

Habakkuk lived in Jerusalem in the Southern Kingdom of Judah (Bandstra), which is current day Israel. He lived during the Babylonian Crisis, which was when the Babylonians were conquering much of the land between what is now the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf, around 608-598 B.C.(Bandstra). The meaning of Habakkuk’s name is not agreed on, and often debated. The two most common interpretations are either “embraced” or refers to a flower which was often used as a healing instrument (Szeles, 5). Habakkuk’s life was quite clouded and difficult to follow but he wasn’t erased from the face of the earth.

Habakkuk wrote his own book, and it is estimated to have been written between 608-605 B.C. He is referred to as a prophet, but this is believed to be inserted later as an attempt to give an explanation of who he was (Smith). Habakkuk’s book is very strange in the way it is written and what includes, and lacks. Habakkuk wrote his book completely as a dialogue with God (Szeles, 7). There is no stop in the conversation to describe place, time, or give a history or lineage. Habakkuk does not mention any thing about his life or where he originally came from. He didn’t even tell what his father’s name was, which was very unusual (Szeles, 7). The book is short and lacks answers of who Habakkuk really was, but is interesting and useful in explaining how God’s sovereign rule has been present throughout history.

Habakkuk’s mystery has perplexed scholars throughout history. Habakkuk called out God and questioned him. He wanted to know why God had allowed the Babylonians to invade Judah. God tells him that it is because Judah had been unfaithful...