Hello Sunday school teachers, preachers, and students! Welcome to SundaySchoolPreacher.com. In this week’s lesson the prophet Habakkuk questions God on the way to a prayer for justice. Habakkuk doesn’t understand how God can justify using the evil and wicked Babylonians to punish Judah, God’s own people. Habakkuk is hurt, he is probably disillusioned and discouraged. Then he comes to the realization that God did this! This is God’s work, this is God’s plan, and this is God ordained. God is responsible for what Habakkuk believes is unjust suffering, violence, and pain. Habakkuk had been praying, asking, and pleading with God for some time and still all he sees is this pain and violence. Habakkuk sees iniquity, injustice, wrongdoing, wickedness, and immorality. And (at least at this point) as far as he can tell God is doing nothing about it. Habakkuk is hurt. He is not happy with how God has allowed this to happen and he questions God. When God graciously answers Habakkuk, he’s not satisfied and he questions God again. In this unusual dialog with God Habakkuk lays this violence and injustice at the feet of God. Habakkuk thinks God has been indifferent and silent to the violence and suffering in Judah. It is God who allows evil to go unpunished in Judah and it is God who will use the evil Babylonians to punish Judah. This brings the notion of theodicy into view. How can God be good and just when evil exists the way it does.
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