Habakkuk 3.1-19

This sermon podcast is missing the first - about - 10 minutes. To get you caught up, here is what's missing.

The sermon from this week is broken down into three parts - three different, escalating-in-intimacy views of God.  The first section, 3.3b-7 Habakkuk sees God as Eloah (simple, general, name for God). God the Father is coming! The second section, 3.8-15 God is revealed  as YHWH. Personal God; marked by "You. You. You." in v.12-15. The third section, 3.16-19 God is called Adonai - King. The main idea therefore is, as A.W. Tozer has famously written, "What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you." We can not be a people who simply know God generally when He has revealed Himself personally. Yet, neither can we know God only personally when He has called us to fulfill the purposes of which He has created and called us for. We are, as creatures and people of the King, also needing to be obediently in service to Him. 

Verse 2 marks, perhaps our misunderstanding of salvation. "God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran." Habakkuk sees here God walking backwards through Israel's route from Egypt in the exodus. God isn't taking salvation away. But He is going back saying, "You've misunderstood why I've saved you. Let's go back and clear up this misunderstanding." 

Like Ephesians 2.8-9 and 10, we cannot divorce being saved by grace and the purpose for being saved. 

What comes into our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us. Therefore, we must have right thoughts of God and live rightly. 

That should cover most of what's missed. Sorry for the technical goof... 


Jamie Page