Lesson 5 of 6
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Theological Themes in Habakkuk

Justice of God

Short-term and long-term, the justice of God is the core theological theme. Habakkuk rejects a “the end justifies the means” argument; the violence of the Babylonians (1:12-17) cannot be the solution to the violence of the wicked versus the righteous (1:2-4). The book embodies a form of waiting for God’s promised future beyond a cyclical use of violence to punish violence. Waiting includes lament, petition, trembling, and, most of all, rejoicing. The joy is anticipatory of a sure future, but it does not preclude suffering in the present. Waiting for God’s future addresses questions about God’s justice in the present, but it also leaves them open for lament and petition.