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 you have a hard time comprehending. How is it possible that not everyone shares your enthusiasm?

If you know me well you may have guessed what that thing is for me? A solid and consistent Bible study methodology, once discovered has been such a thing for me. I haven’t spent the time to look back on everything I’ve written but were I to do so it wouldn’t surprise me to discover at least a hint of that methodology in the whole collection. I will not rehash the methodology beyond a brief summary. OICA is the initials representing the whole methodology designed to discover what the a/Author (human/divine) intended to communicate. In other words, a method to determine what does the passage mean and how should its truth be applied?

(O) observation is the critical first step in the process. In short, observe everything in the passage and surrounding verses. Ring all of the juice you can out of it. Once you’ve come to an understanding of all you’ve observed only then can you interpret the text. Then you can provisionally (I) interpret the text for its meaning. Then you should (C) correlate all other related passages in both the Old and New Testaments to flesh out the newly discovered truth or principle. Finally, you are ready to (A) apply the truth you’ve uncovered to your own life.

This incredibly concise summary leaves out other important details in the methodology, but it gives us an adequate launching off point for what I want to suggest. I have made a few observations which are by no means exhaustive about Habakkuk chapter three that I would like to point out. I would like to hang out on the “O” or observation stage of our methodology.

In chapter three I noticed many references to attributes about God, or things that God owns. I also noticed a bunch of contrasting “my” references. I hope you’ll have your Bible open as you read what I’ve written today.  Remember that I’m reading the New King James translation. Your translation may be a little different. As an aside, if your translation is different you can certainly list those differences as noteworthy observations. Let’s make a list of references concerning God as referenced by the pronouns “He”, “His”, and “Your”.

Verse 3

  • His glory
  • His praise

Verse 4

  • His brightness
  • He had rays
  • His hand

Verse 6

  • His way

Verse 8

  • Your anger
  • Your wrath
  • Your horses
  • Your chariots

Verse 9

  • Your bow
  • Your arrows

Verse 11

  • Your arrows
  • Your glittering spear

Verse 13

  • Your people
  • Your Anointed

Verse 15

  • Your horses

Here is the list of the things marked by the “my” pronouns the prophet lists.

Verse 16

  • My body
  • My lips
  • My bones
  • Myself

Verse 18

  • My salvation
  • My strength
  • My feet
  • My high hills
  • My stringed instruments

I hope you’ll take the time to read through chapter three using the above list and see what is said about each of the items listed. Maybe notice how the attributes or things owned by God affect the prophet, and probably by extension us. In other words, are the “my” things a direct result of considering the “God” things? I’ll let you do your own study. Let me know what stands out to you.

Of course, I could comment on any one of the items, but one that sticks out to me is the last one, “My stringed instruments”. Who knew that besides being a prophet of God Habakkuk was a songwriter and skilled musician.

God’s word is intricate and worthy of so much more than a casual glance. Do you think you really know the word of God? I would challenge you to take a deeper look. You may be surprised to discover how much more there is to know.

God truly is worthy of our affections, praise, and worship – so much more than we could possibly give!

1 Reply to "Habakkuk - Chapter 3 - Pronouns"

  • Roger Streifel
    May 27, 2019 (3:05 pm)

    That brings forth The Who and what questions we should always observe and I need to do more of. This will help us get to the why and when answers we need to look for also in our observations

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