1:2-4 (Ps 11:3; Heb 7:18-19) no justice; more oppression by wicked over the righteous; the Law is powerless
1:5-11 a ruthless people (the Babylonians) will be used by God to punish His own people for their sin
–Is this similar to Muslim terrorism today against Israel and the Christian West?
–It is similar to the beast’s (antichrist’s) end-times invasion of Israel.
1:13-17 Habakkuk asks why God keeps silent in the face of so much wickedness against the righteous; it seems to only encourage the wicked to strengthen and to worship the works of his hands.
2:2-3 The Babylonians (symbolizing the enemy) will be judged at the appointed time at the end. It is certain!
2:4 Meanwhile, the just shall live by his faith.
2:14 (Ps 72:19) The Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of YHVH as the waters cover the sea.
3:1-2 (Ps 77:8-10 [7-9 Eng]) prayer acknowledging the greatness of God, and for Him to act in our own day, remembering mercy in His execution of wrath
–During the Great Tribulation God will still be showing mercy to save, and in His wrath He knows how to preserve His own. (2Pt 2:7-9)
3:16 (Rev 1:9; 13:10; 14:12) The prophet will wait patiently for God to judge the wicked nation.
3:17-19 The saint and prophet exercises His absolute faith and trust in God his Savior, despite all that seems contrary.
–This is to be our hope, too, and with the help of the Holy Spirit in us, during the coming Tribulation period leading to God’s wrath poured out on His and His people’s enemies.