- Created on Thursday, 21 April 2011 11:53
It took three New Testament books to explain God's response to Habakkuk. To Habakkuk's passionate complaint, God responded with the famous words, "Those who are evil will not survive, but those who are righteous will live because they are faithful to God" (2:4). If we take in the setting of what the words meant to Habakkuk, this fundamentally changes how we understand righteousness by faith.
- Created on Thursday, 07 April 2011 11:53
The worst thing that can be said of the Assyrians in this book is that God cannot heal them. The last verse of Nahum concludes: "There is no remedy for your injuries, and your wounds cannot be healed." This is a terminal diagnosis -- like a doctor telling a patient, "Your cancer is so advanced, there is nothing I can do to help you." Theology has usually placed a premium on achieving God's forgiveness for sin as the "end all" that is involved in salvation. In this Bible study, we pursued the concept of salvation as healing rather than as a legal transaction.
- Created on Friday, 02 May 2008 11:53
Some very important subjects are raised in these two books. Does God wish merely to pardon and forgive, or rather is God's greatest desire to heal us of our sin and selfishness? Could one be forgiven by God but yet lost? Can God really change us into a character that is a reflection of his own?
Finally, what is righteousness by faith? The origins of this phrase come straight out of Habakkuk. Does his story give us any insight into the meaning?