Adult / Kids Sunday
all these things happened unto them for ensamples:
In the Old Testament "FOR" Us?
they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
from Pastor Mike Paulson
one year and 4 months, I have come to understand why I have had such a
great time as well as a challenge to present the Old Testament in the manner
that we have - "What is in the Old Testament FOR us, not TO us!
have come to see the many varied 'false foundations' for the false teachings
that are prevalent in today's modern Christianity. I have seen in
the commentaries and Bible Handbooks their words that have created
the actual source of their 'food' used to maintain such a false Christianity
is no wonder that today's 'false - imitation - Christian' is so against
all of Paul's teachings!
have no knowledge of the word of God
have no rightly dividing awareness
have no self study habits
blindly follow their edjukated minister and his books that totally "fly
in the face' of Paul and his gospel of the Risen Christ.
am seeing more and more how the anti-christ will be putting the final touches
on this world before he comes in Revelation
6. Unfortunately, he is coming to
is just like God said in Jeremiah 5:31:
prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and
my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
will not change UNLESS one learns to turn away from the power of Satan
and unto God, which is EXACTLY what Paul's ministry will do - see Acts
26:18-20! Bible Believers today
have joined the ranks of clue-less spoiled religious Americans!
a shame when we have had the King James Bible through it all!
The Invasion of Judah and the Doom of
For the earth shall be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the
as the waters cover the sea.
The chronology of the period:
Habakkuk's time belongs to the period between 625 and 606-7 b.c.
King Josiah’s great reformation; the prophet Zepheniah.
Babylon declares its independence from Assyria.
The Babylonians destroy Nineveh.
Jehoahaz reigns three months and is taken to Egypt
Jehoiakim, a very wicked king; the prophet Habakkuk (?)
The Babylonians invade Judah and take captives.
Jehoiachin reigns three months and is taken to Babylon.
Zedekiah, a weak, wicked king; he is taken to Babylon.
Jerusalem is burned; the land is desolated.
Early in Jehoiakim’s reign.
The Chaldeans (Babylonians) were sweeping westward
Habakkuk 1:6 - For,
lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall
march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that
are not theirs.
...but had not yet reached Judah
Habakkuk 3:16 - When
I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered
into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of
trouble: when he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his
But they will - in Habakkuk's day - he will see it
- 'in your days,'
Habakkuk’s First Question to God
Habakkuk is questioning / complaining to God that He (God) allows His own
nation to be destroyed for its wickedness by a nation that is even more
Habakkuk could not see the justice in this.
Habakkuk's concluding observation.
1:2-3 - O LORD,
how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee
of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity,
and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before
me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
1:4 - Therefore
the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth
compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
A little critical of God, eh?
Habakkuk, as well as ourselves,
could learn from Paul:
For we dare not make
ourselves of the number,
or compare ourselves with
some that commend themselves:
but they measuring themselves
and comparing themselves
among themselves, are not wise.
II Corinthians 10:12 -
God’s answer is that He does have a purpose in the terrorizing conquests
of the Chaldean armies.
Habakkuk 1:12–2:20. Habakkuk’s Second
Question / Complaint
1:5 - Behold ye
among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work
a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.
Very similiar to how people today respond to Paul's
It's there - in black and white - inspired and preserved
and perfect - rightly divded!!
Too good to believe
Too good to follow - no need to, actually!
1:6-11 - more
details of God's response
Habakkuk 3. Habakkuk’s Prayer
Acknowledging that Judah deserves correction and punishment for her sins,
Habakkuk asks for further enlightenment.
1:12,13 - Art
thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall
not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty
God, thou hast established them for correction. Thou art of purer eyes
than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest
thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the
wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
1:14-20 to 2:1
God’s answer is that the Babylonians, drunk with the blood of nations,
shall themselves be destroyed - and God’s people shall yet fill the earth.
2:2-4 - And the
LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables,
that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed
time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait
for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul
which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his
Continued judgment described
A cry to God to again perform His miracles, as He had done in the past.
Yet Habakkuk speaks with sublime resignation and confidence in the eternal
security of God’s people
3:1-2 - A prayer
of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard thy
speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years,
in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
More description of God's majesty!
More on His own people's glorious future!
3:18–19 - Yet
I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The
LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and
he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer
on my stringed instruments.
It may be a long way off, but their glorious future is absolutely sure.
Thus, in the midst of his gloom and despair, Habakkuk could be an optimist
of the first magnitude.
Bonus Lesson for Us Today
Another and more important lesson in this book FOR us today is from
During the Old Testament days, (which
included the Gospels as OT), their faith was their own to keep!
shall live by his faith.
Jeremiah tried to give up, etc.
Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the
circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
- circumcision by faith
New Testament (Paul)
uncircumcision through faith
Reference Book - "Then there is Habakkuk's great
message of faith which gave Paul a hint of the most precious truth of the
Gospel and aided the Reformation under Martin Luther, the charter of evangelical
Baloney - they miss the faith OF Christ!
They wrongly believe THEIR OWN FAITH is the key to
Faith during Paul's dispensation today is having our faith IN Christ which
then gives us the faith OF Christ.
Romans 1:17 - For
therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it
is written, The just shall live by faith.
Not as it was in the OT with 'his' faith - when meant
Romans 3:28 - Therefore
we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Galatians 3:11 -
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident:
for, The just shall live by faith.
It is no longer OUR faith that we have to stand on - it is the faith of
Philippians 3:9 - And
be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which
is of God by faith:
Romans 3:22 - Even
the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and
upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Galatians 2:16 -
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might
be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for
by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 2:20 - I
am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth
in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of
the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 3:12 -
In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
A couple of final 'bonus' interesting verses:
1:15-17 - They
take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather
them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. Therefore they
sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by
them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. Shall they therefore
empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations?
drag - Something to be drawn along the ground, as a net or a hook - a type
of holding net.
2:18,19 - What
profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten
image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein,
to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the
dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold
and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it.
This sounds very similiar to Paul's sermon to the
men on Mars Hill about their worship TO
THE UNKNOWN GOD, Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him decalre I unto