112 results for author: Mark Hathaway


Psalms 33 – Yahweh

I read and consult several different translations of the Bible often, but my preferred Bible seems to be the New King James Bible (NKJV). I don’t know that I made a conscious nor educated decision to use the NKJV it’s just that I keep coming back to it. For this study, however, I will be quoting from the Lexam English Bible (LEB) for a very specific reason. When you see the word lord in our English Bibles you can’t know what the source language (Hebrew) word is unless you get a hint from the translators, or look the word up in a Hebrew Lexicon. If you can’t know which Hebrew word was used, then the meaning of the word becomes veiled in ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 3 – Song

In our study of the book of Habakkuk, we’ve come to the last three verses of the last chapter. You’ll remember that chapter three is a prayer that Habakkuk offers up in response to hearing the Word of God. It is important to keep in the forefront of our thinking that the prophet has just been told by God that He will punish His people using the Chaldeans, and then will turn around and punish the Chaldeans for being violent against His people. Seem unfair? Well, it’s not at all unfair of God. The Chaldeans had established themselves as enemies of God through pagan worship and unjust violence against various people groups long before God used ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 3 – the Voice

We’ve been working our way through the final chapter in the book of Habakkuk. We’ll pick up in 3:16, but before we do I have a question for you. How do you think you would respond to the audible voice of God? What if God literally spoke to you using His actual voice - a sound you could hear with your physical ears? Would you brush it off saying, “I must be hearing things”? Do you think you would respond casually, “Oh, hello God! What’s up”? Would you be afraid? Do you think it might be hard on you physically? Habakkuk records for us his experience of hearing God’s audible voice in chapter three. Habakkuk 3:16    When I ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 3 – How do you pray?

2 Timothy 3:16-4:2           16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,           17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.           4:1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:           2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.   We are coming to the end of the book of ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 3 – Pronouns

I would be truly flabbergasted to find a single adult individual not able to relate to what I’m about to say. Have you ever had the experience of making a life-changing discovery? Maybe you’ve stumbled on the deal of the century and feel compelled to tell anyone and everyone with whom you come in contact. You can’t seem to stop talking about it. The thing impacted your life so significantly that it seems to have touched every area of your life. Every conversation even remotely related to the thing seems to always circle back around where the thing becomes center stage. Maybe those closest to you are tired of hearing about it, which of course ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 3 – Introduction

The book of Habakkuk seems to be unique among the other prophetic writings. Most, if not all of the rest of the prophetic books, both major and minor, seem to have been messages initiated by God. In the book of Habakkuk, it would seem the prophet initiates the conversation with God. In the first two chapters, we witness a conversation between the prophet and God. Habakkuk is burdened. He doesn’t understand God’s ways and expresses his befuddlement to Yahweh. God answers and instructs him. Habakkuk purposes to remain teachable and he allows God to reshape his perspective. The end result of this reshaping manifests itself in the form of a prayer ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 2 – Woes and Wine

Last time we noticed Habakkuk 2:4 contrasts the proud and the just. Continuing on in the chapter we discover five “woes” that befall the proud man. We need to keep in mind as we read this chapter God’s interactions with the nation Israel and their conquering nation of Babylon is the backdrop by which we must understand this passage. There are of course applications for the individual in this passage, but we must not lose sight of the greater context. God keeps not only the individual accountable but nations. In today’s “what’s in it for me” church mentality it is easy to forget that God is sovereign. Though we may not be able to ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 2 – The Proud and the Just

In Habakkuk 2:4 God contrasts the “proud” and the “Just”. Interestingly, I would have thought the contrast to be between the proud and the humble, not proud and just. Wouldn’t it make more literary sense to contrast two opposites? Maybe it would if we were scrutinizing a human literary work. However, God’s word always makes sense given the right context. By inspiration, the human author used the exact word God wanted him to use. I almost missed this nuance while studying this passage. The reason it came to light is I made an unconscious word replacement from just to humble and was writing it that way in my notes. Habakkuk 2:4 ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 2 – Perspective

I wrote the following paragraph in my last post. So if the Bible isn’t about us, then what is it about? In a sentence, it is a record of what God has done, what He is currently doing, and what He will do in the future. The central figure in this massive literary work is God Himself. The theme of the book is God’s interaction with His creation. The focus of the Bible is eternal, so if you are treating it like a Christianized self-help book you are misunderstanding the message. The Bible corrects our perspective by demonstrating God to be the center of the universe, not us. Essentially, I was challenging our perspective of the Bible. We ...

Habakkuk – Chapter 2 – Run

It is extremely difficult, maybe even impossible to not be self-centered individuals. Even as Christians, if we are honest our world really is all about us. People throughout the day come and go, but I’m always with me. I have to make sure I get the rest I need when I get tired. I have to feed me when I get hungry. I need new clothes. I need new shoes. My needs really do take precedence over anyone else’s. You may argue you prioritize the needs of your family above your own, but whose family is it? Right, yours. Even when meeting your family’s needs you are the center of your world. When we hear things in the news one of the first questions ...