History is His Story

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Text. Habakkuk 2:5-20


Habakkuk’s depth of understanding increases… History is all being determined, being enacted in accordance with God’s sovereign purpose and plan. Everything is moving towards a conclusion that has been predetermined. History is His Story. God is writing history before it happens.

1. Woe to the Transgressors.

Habakkuk begins a long description of the characteristics of the sinful nations. Chapter 2:5-8. A series of woes upon those who transgress God’s law.

11. People who build their own empires and strongholds. V9 – the very houses they build and the structures they put in place will witness against them on the judgment day.
12. People who use violence to further their own ambitions. V12 They desire glory and worship for themselves, but ultimately, only God will be glorified. The completeness of his glorification, his greatness is absolute, in V14.
13. People who bring shame on others. They loved to see others humiliated. They give people alcohol, to get them drunk with the purpose of shaming them. They expose them publicly.
14. People who worship false deities. V18

So all our conniving and scheming and scratching our way to top of the tree, all our ambition and plans, all our substitute deities and religions, – all will be pointless and wasted on that great judgement day, their fate has already been determined. Despite all their great ambitions and all their wickedness and cruelty, their kingdoms will come to nothing. Contrast that with the purpose – the climax that awaits the kingdom of God, Christ’s Kingdom. 14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

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