The Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord (Habakkuk 2:6-20)
In this series of “Woes”, what warnings are given to the Babylonians? What are they condemned for? Do you see any of these sinful tendencies in your own life?
While directly applicable to the Babylonians of the day, these “woes” also apply to all who oppose God throughout history. According to Habakkuk 2:14, what is the eventual outcome of human history? How does knowing this end help us to endure evil and injustice in our own day?
How does the truth of Habakkuk 2:20 equip us to face the chaos and uncertainties of this fallen world?
Questions for Preschool
Q: What separates us from God?
A: Discuss what happened in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. Since that time, we have all been born in sin and separated from God. God alone is perfect and holy.
Q: Since we are born separated from God, how can we be made right with Him?
A: Although God is perfect and we are not, we can have a relationship with God through believing in the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who died to pay the penalty for our sin. When we trust in Jesus alone to save us, even though we are still sinners, we are made right with God and become His children.
Questions for Elementary
Q: Habakkuk 2:6-20 gives many warnings to the Chaldeans (Babylonians) because of the way that they are living and their lack of belief in the one true God. What are some of the warnings you see here?
A: There are many warnings here: warnings against greed (love of money, dishonesty with money; v.6-11), warnings against the violent (v.12-14), the drunk (v.15-17), and the idolater (v.18-20).
Q: In this passage, God is telling Habakkuk the punishment for the sins of the Chaldeans. Since we know that God is just, he does not allow sin to go unpunished. What is the promise in verse 24? What does this mean for the Chaldeans and for you today?
A: People can choose to not believe in God, disobey Him, and live for their own glory, but in the end it will be God who is glorified over the whole earth. One day, at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11)
Questions for Teens
What can we learn from the “Woes” in today’s message?
How has the book of Habakkuk shaped your view of God and his action in the midst of uncertainty?
What can we learn from Habakkuk that will grow our faith and trust in God?