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Finding Answers to Hard Questions
Habakkuk 2: 5-20
1. God's Patience is Exhausted!
A) Their Intolerable Greed
1) For Possessions
2) For Position
3) For Power
B) Their Immoral Government
C) Their Irrational Godlessness
2. God's Preeminence is Exalted!
A) The Powerful Recognition of His Sovereignty
1) His Consuming Glory
2) His Controlling Glory
B) The Proper Response to His Sovereignty
During the mid-1700's, God came down in great power, to a young America, and all of New England stood in reverence. On July 8th, 1741, at Enfield, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
From Deuteronomy 32:35 where the Bible says, "Their foot shall slide in due time," Edwards boldly declared:
"There is nothing that keeps wicked men at any moment out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God Himself. The reason why they are not fallen already, and do not fall now, is only that God's appointed time is not come. At the appointed time, "their foot shall slide in due time." Then, they shall be left to fall. God will not hold them up in these slippery places any longer, but will let them go and fall into destruction. Men's hands cannot be strong when God rises up: the strongest have no power to resist him, nor can any deliver out of his hands.
The wrath of God will burn against wicked men, their damnation does not slumber; the pit is prepared, the fire is made ready, the furnace is now hot and ready to receive them; the flames do now rage and glow. The glittering sword is whet, and held over them, and the pit has opened its mouth under them." 
As Edwards preached, his eyesight had grown so dim that he had to hold his manuscript so close to him that people were unable to see his face. But, as he preached, the convicting power of the Holy Spirit was so great that people were moved beyond control.
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