May 18, 2023
171 Thrive Deeper: Habakkuk/Obadiah/Jeremiah 1-5
The Book of Habakkuk is unique in that it is a dialogue between the prophet and God, rather than a collection of prophetic oracles. It deals with timeless questions about the problem of evil, the nature of God's justice, and the role of suffering in the world. It teaches that even in the midst of uncertainty and chaos, God is still in control, and that faith and trust in Him is the only sure foundation for life.
The Book of Obadiah serves as a warning against pride and a reminder of God's justice. It reveals the consequences of exploiting the vulnerable and rejoicing in the misfortunes of others. At the same time, it offers hope and assurance that God's promises will be fulfilled and His justice will prevail.
Jeremiah 1-5 captures the calling and early ministry of the prophet Jeremiah. In these chapters, God appoints Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations and assures him of divine presence and guidance. Jeremiah reluctantly accepts the task, aware of his youth and unworthiness. He delivers God's messages, warning the people of impending judgment due to their idolatry and disobedience. Despite facing opposition and rejection, Jeremiah faithfully proclaims God's word, urging the people to repent and turn back to God. These chapters set the stage for the prophetic ministry of Jeremiah, highlighting the themes of judgment, repentance, and the enduring faithfulness of God.