A Wrestler with God

Weight 0.26 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.35 in
ISBN 9780851519951

Bible Characters, Biblical Studies

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Aug 1, 2008

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Book Description

Like many other characters in Scripture, the prophet Habakkuk bore a significant name. ‘Habakkuk’ is a form of the Hebrew word for  ’embrace’ and conveys the idea of a wrestler in an embrace with his opponent.  As Walter Chantry shows in this absorbing book, Habakkuk lived out his name by wrestling with God in prayer in the midst of a national and international situation resembling our own in many respects. As we read his prophecy, we hear Habakkuk pray, then listen as the Almighty responds. The divine response at first seems overwhelming. Yet at its centre is a glorious revelation of the very heart of the gospel. In this brief exposition, previously published in the Banner of Truth magazine, Chantry draws out themes that are timely, challenging, but ultimately full of comfort.

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Introduction vii
1 A Prophet’s Burden (1:1–4) 1
2 Divine Instruments of Justice (1:5–11) 11
3 Great Prayers in Devastating Times (1:12–2:1) 23
4 A Revelation for All Time (2:2–4) 33
5 God’s Great Purposes of History (2:15–17) 45
6 The Ultimate Ridicule of the Proud (2:18–20) 55
7 Habakkuk’s Third Prayer (3:1–19) 65
8 Spectators of Divine Majesty (3:3–16) 75
9 Habakkuk: A Book for Times of Extreme Crisis (3:17–19) 85
Appendix: Calvin on Quietness in Adversity 95


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