Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-12

Read the Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12

Peter’s Greeting (1:1–2)

Peter begins his epistle by disclosing the identity of his intended readers, whom he writes were “pilgrims of the Dispersion” (1 Pet. 1:1). These are Christians who were cast out from Rome and were scattered across five of the Roman provinces in modern day Turkey. Peter describes these believers as “elect according to the foreknowledge of God” (1 Peter 1:2). Some people object to the idea of election, as they believe it makes God unjust. Yet, election is not about God’s justice, but about His grace. Continue reading Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-12

Introduction to 1 Peter

Authorship and Date

The book of 1 Peter is one of the General Epistles. It was written by the apostle Peter, also known as Cephas, and formerly as Simon, who served as the unofficial leader of and spokesman for the apostles. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman from Bethsaida (cf. Matt. 16:17), who was brought to Christ by his brother Andrew (cf. John 1:40–42). Peter was married and his wife apparently accompanied him on ministry excursions (cf. Mark 1:30; 1 Cor. 9:5). Continue reading Introduction to 1 Peter

Trust in God – Habakkuk 3:1-19

Read the Passage: Habakkuk 3:1-19

Plea for Mercy (3:1–2)

In Hab. 3:1–2 Habakkuk asks for mercy in the midst of the impending judgment God had foretold in Hab. 1-2. This was important, for Habakkuk was going to witness and experience the Babylonian siege firsthand. Habakkuk prays, “O LORD, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O LORD, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy” (Hab. 3:2). The report that Habakkuk mentions is the Lord’s reply to his questions at Hab. 1:5–11; 2:2–20. Continue reading Trust in God – Habakkuk 3:1-19

Providence and Justice – Habakkuk 1:1-2:20

Read the Passage: Habakkuk 1:1-2:20


As with several of the other Minor Prophets, little is known about the prophet Habakkuk. Indeed, the name Habakkuk does not occur outside of this book, although several New Testament authors cite the prophet’s writings, especially Hab. 2:4 (cf. Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). Since Habakkuk is formally identified as a prophet, he likely was so well known in his own day that he needed no introduction. Note that Habakkuk was a contemporary of the prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zephaniah. Continue reading Providence and Justice – Habakkuk 1:1-2:20