Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. Eugene Sherman
Delivered On
September 9, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Just Shall Live By Faith
Description

The Just Shall Live By Faith
“…the just shall live by faith his faith…” ( Hab. 2:4 )
The Scripture announced last Sunday for the
sermon today ( James 2: 1-10 ) was preempted by a political
event of yesterday; the referenced event was that of a
former national official speaking and the current occupant
falling asleep while listing to the address. Without efforts
to authenticate the report, this pastor’s theological anchor
recalled the teaching of Habakkuk 2. Accordingly, the
sermon was entitled, “The Just shall live by faith”.
Unlike the usual sermon format that includes a few
remarks on the background, the one prepared for today,
has extensive observations on Habakkuk and his views
on the how the just shall live. In one of my references, the
following information was lifted,
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“Habakkuk 2:4 is one of the greatest declarations of faith to be found in all the Bible. It presents a contrast between those who are arrogantly rebellious, and those who are humbly submissive… The future belongs to the righteous, while the wicked have no future. Wickedness  Pride, tyranny and evil cannot last, but the righteous shall live by faith (Hab 2:4).”
Human life is but a sojourn on the pathway from birth
to death. Preparation for this travel starts in early childhood
and continues to adulthood. It includes training in the
family, school, church, and informal associates. Another
often overlooked influence is known as unique experiences –
an expression used to denote thoughts and events that
only the individual knows about.  In the process of time,
each individual develops an outlook on life and tends to
follow it as his/or destiny. These outlooks can include
pessimism, worry, anger, and despondency; in contrast
they can entail optimism, confidence, and happiness.

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It is an unfortunate fact, however, that the time, location,
and events – all can disrupt one’s tranquility. In such a
situation, the individual has two options, namely, surrender
to desperation for seek succor by faith. The sermon for
today was prepared to extol the role of faith on the pathway
of life. It has been entitled, The Just Shall Live by Faith.
It will include the following three considerations, namely:
the Habakkuk dilemma, the chronology of the faithful, and
the impending faith challenge for us.
Since the first division of the sermon is historically
oriented, the traditional biblical background of the anchor
will be omitted. Instead attention will be directed to the
Habakkuk dilemma. “Very little is known about Habakkuk
except his name, which means…the wrestler”.  This word
usually brings to mind a person who has, or is seeking, an

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opponent. When placed within the context of ideas, the
word dilemma can be used because it denotes an individual
wrestling between two opposing options. Habakkuk, in this
connection, was “wrestling with the question of why God
would let evil go unpunished and why He would bring
calamity on His own people” ( Hab. 1:13 ). Habakkuk
addressed his concern to the Lord as noted in the first
chapter of his book. Therein he inquired,  “O Lord, how long
shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! Even cry unto thee of
violence, and thou wilt not save! He, further, complained
of spoils, strife, and contention around him and, therefore,
wondered if the law is slack and judgment not forthcoming.
Habakkuk’s litany of complaints, he appeared to be
bewildered by the rampage of evil, despondent by the
lack of divine correction, and impelled to inquiry of the

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Lord as to why wrongdoing was so prevalent.
In the Lord’s response to Habakkuk, no condemnation
nor reprimand was given! The Lord, rather, gave have an
extensive reply and told Habakkuk that He “…will work a
work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be
told you.” ( Hab. 1:5 ). Following  the lengthy communication
from the Lord, Habakkuk vowed to stand his watch on the
tower to see and write the vision of the Lord’s work. He
further concluded that “ the just shall live by his faith.”
( Hab. 2:4 ).
That conclusion leaps across the annals of time and
echoes loudly to contemporary humanity the need to
learn, believe, and embrace that verity -i.e., the just shall
live by his faith!
This affirmation will undergird the second dimension of

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of sermon which is – The Chronology of the Faithful. It is
found in the 11th Chapter of Hebrews.  Just a few of the
lengthy references on faith are herein presented.  Faith
is defined as “…the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.” ( Heb. 11:1 ). Faith is acquired
and not inherited. It “cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God”. ( Rom 10:17 ). Faith is a requirement to please
God for the Bible asserts that “ …without faith it is
impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him.” ( Heb. 11:6 ). Faith is theme of the
11th Chapter of Hebrews; that book is often referred to as
the designation Chronology of the Faithful owing to its
lengthy identification of Old Testament personalities – all of
whom showed a tenacious grip on faith. Those committed

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persons believed God, remained steadfastly to ‘the
promises’ and “all died in faith, not having received the
promises, but having seen them afar off, and were
persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed
that they were strangers and pilgrims on earth” ( Heb.11:13).
This synopsis of faith and some of the historical faithful
pioneers leads to the final phase of the sermon which is – the impending faith challenge for us. Beloved, we have
either read or listened to this message entitled, The
Just Shall Live By Faith. Its contents included some
highlights on Habakkuk’s dilemma regarding the
preponderance of strife and violence vs the Lord’s
slackness in imposing judgment. However, he was
blessed with a response from the Lord. Afterward,
Habakkuk said, “I will stand upon my watch, and set

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me upon the watch…” He, later, penned “…the just shall
live by faith”. Although that episode occurred Centuries
ago, it yet speaks to events in our contemporary world.
There are those of us, especially in the body of Christ,
who are appalled by the widespread pathologies at the
International, National, State, and local levels : political
corruption, racial injustices, human trafficking, murder for
hire, price fixing, near perpetual warfare – to mention but
a few of the social ills. Sadly, many of them include ‘so
call Christians’. Yet let the remnants of us – like Habakkuk,
be keen observers of the social scene, carry our concern
to the Lord, wait on the Lord’s response and be ever
committed to Habakkuk’s assertion that “the just shall
live by his faith” and “… he embraced the conviction by
faith in the salvation of the Lord”. ( Heb. 2:4; 3:18 ). Amen.

 

 

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