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Expectant Prophet: Habakkuk Simply Explained (Welwyn Commentary)

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The prophecy of Habakkuk reveals to us, as does no other book in Scripture, an almighty God with absolute sovereignty, a God who requires that his people trust him absolutely even when things don’t seem to be going to plan. This is an emphasis much needed in the church today. The self-centeredness that characterizes our society is almost overwhelming. We, like the people in Habakkuk’s day, need a radical change in our thinking—an acknowledgment that it is God at the center of reality, not us. This message is at the heart of Habakkuk’s prophecy, and, against the backdrop of ancient Israel, author John Currid illuminates this reality brilliantly.

The Logos edition of Expectant Prophet contains extensive footnotes linking directly to the books and articles in your digital library. All Scripture passages display on mouse-over, and each reference links to the original-language Bible texts and the English translations in your digital library. The advanced search tools, Passage Guides and reports, and other tools in your digital library make the Logos edition of Expectant Prophet perfect for sermon preparation, Bible study, and for further research for students and scholars.

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Resource Experts
  • Preface by the author
  • Book outline
  • “Points to Ponder” after each chapter

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“The book of Habakkuk is hard-hitting. It teaches the truth of the sovereignty of God in a way that is not found in any other book of Scripture.” (Page 9)

“Clearly the central theme of the book of Habakkuk is the sovereignty of God.” (Page 16)

“This verse is God’s corrective: the righteous one will live, not by belonging to a particular nation or people, whether Babylonian or Judaean, but rather ‘by his faith’” (Page 79)

“‘the oracle’; this latter term derives from a verb that means ‘to lift up’, and it specifically refers to the lifting up of a prophet’s voice. It is also related to a noun that means ‘burden’ or ‘load’; Habakkuk’s vision is his burden that he must unload on the people. His vision leads to proclamation. Prophets are not merely visionaries or seers; they are also preachers who declare the word of God to the people. Habakkuk is God’s spokesman who sees a vision and then announces it to the people of God and to the world.” (Pages 24–25)

“But, more than that, Habakkuk is questioning the lack of response by God to the violence, adversity and injustice that prevail among his people. How can God sit idly by? Is he at work or not? In these early verses of the book, the prophet is confronted with the question of theodicy—namely, the ostensible lethargy of God in the light of present evil.” (Page 32)

  • Title: Expectant Prophet: Habakkuk Simply Explained
  • Author: John Currid
  • Series: Welwyn Commentary Series
  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 144

John D. Currid is Carl McMurray Professor of Old Testament at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his PhD in archaeology from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. He has several books in print, including the Welwyn Commentary on Habakkuk.


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