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Isaiah and Habakkuk

Today we were taught from Isaiah 1-12. The message was very helpful and I eagerly ate it up. It was the same last summer when we learned from Isaiah 40. As I listened, I found myself caught at various points and standing with Habakkuk. Some of the verses in Isaiah were nearly the same as some in Habakkuk (for example, Is 11:9 and Hab 2:14). That sparked my curiosity. Did Habakkuk and Isaiah prophesy to the same nation, did they live at the same time, or did they somehow know of one another?

This afternoon I dug out some reference books to investigate. It seems that Isaiah prophesied about 100 years or so before Habakkuk. Both were prophets to/in the Southern Kingdom of Judah. It's possible (likely?) that Habakkuk knew of Isaiah's prophecies concerning the coming judgment of Judah. Might he have meditated on these Scriptures, these words from God, as he wrestled with God and sung praise to God?

Isaiah speaks of "the terror of the LORD and the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake the earth mightily" (Is 2:19). Isaiah also says that "as His rod was on the sea, so will He lift it up in the manner of Egypt" (Is 10:26) and that "with His mighty wind He will shake His fist over the River...and make men cross over dryshod...as it was for Israel in the day that he came up from the land of Egypt" (Is 11:15-16). Habakkuk prays:

"God came from Teman,
The Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
His glory covered the heavens,
And the earth was full of His praise.
...
O LORD, were You displeased with the rivers,
Was Your anger against the rivers,
Was Your wrath against the sea,
That You rode on Your horses,
Your chariots of salvation?" Hab 3:3, 8

Isaiah says that "when they are hungry, that they will be enraged and curse their king and their God" (Is 8:21) but Habakkuk prays to God:

"Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls -
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD..." Hab 3:17-18a

Isaiah says, "And in that day you will say: 'O LORD, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation...'" and Habakkuk prays: "I will joy in the God of my salvation." Hab 3:18b

Is it just me, or do these passages in Isaiah and Habakkuk seem rather intertwined? How marvelous is God's word! It is true that He spoke "through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures." (Rom 1:2) I want to know more of this truth, more of the wisdom of God, more of the work of His hands, and more of His goodness. I want to know more of His word, to store more in my heart where the Holy Spirit can easily bring it to mind. He is the great Teacher (John 14:26) sent by God the Father through God the Son. How awesome it is that Moses' plea is now realized through the Lord Jesus Christ: "Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!" (Numbers 11:29) "Then Peter said to them, 'Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.'” Acts 2:38-39
Tags: acts, bible study, church, habakkuk, isaiah, numbers, questions, romans
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