This sermon is part of the sermon series "Finding God in a Cold and Dark Season". See series.
Do you know who TIME magazine's Person of the Year was for 2011? The Protester. Protesters were the big story in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Mexico, Greece, America, Russia. The article said, "The word protest has appeared in newspapers and online exponentially more this past year than at any other time in history." People are fed up with the violence and injustice. I wonder if anything much will change. Sometimes it seems that the world is so messed up there's no hope.
Habakkuk was a protester in the Bible. He was a prophet in Jerusalem about 625 years before Christ. Biblical prophets were known for taking it to the streets—protesting against the hypocrisy and abuses of society. Habakkuk was frustrated that as wicked as his people—God's people—had become God wasn't doing anything to stop it. Habakkuk is stunned that God would fix the problem of Judah's wickedness by sending a people even more wicked to conquer them.
God's response to Habakkuk in chapter two is extraordinary. God says, "Here's my answer. Write it down and count on it. Mark my words!" Then in verses four through five God says to the watching Habakkuk, "I do know how wicked the Babylonians are, and I'm going to show you not only the terrible things they will do, but what is to become of them." In the vision God shows Habakkuk, God summons the nations who will be crushed by Babylon to press charges. They bring, five indictments. Five woes in verses six, nine, twelve, fifteen, and nineteen. In the midst of all these charges God shows Habakkuk where he, the LORD, is when it seems like the world around us is going to hell in a hand basket.
Babylon did sweep over Judah and Jerusalem only a few years later, destroying the ...
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