Jesus in the OT :: Habakkuk

The book of Habakkuk gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is in the Old Testament (O.T).

The name ‘Habakkuk’ means the one who embraces (or) clings. Habakkuk was a contemporary of the weeping prophet, Jeremiah. If Hosea is the Prophet with a Prostitute, then Habakkuk is the Prophet with a Problem and the problem is phrased in a question, very much reflective of what we face today! How Long O Lord, How long will I have to cry and You will not hear or save us? For how much longer Lord, will the wicked prosper and your people perish? Not only is God’s promise of an answer stated in Habakkuk 2:3 which states slowly, steadily and surely the answer will come but his work that would truly be unbelievable is assured. Even if God was to say what he was going to do, the people would not have believed it (Habakkuk 1:5) is what the Bible records.

Habakkuk 1:12 states that God is an everlasting God, a Holy One. Jesus said, Before Abraham was, I AM (John 8:58). When the demons saw Jesus they declared He is the Holy One of God (Mark 1:24).

Habakkuk 3:13-14 has the redemptive act of Salvation (one that even if it was said, would not have been believed) beautifully hidden.

13 You came out to deliver your people, (Jesus’ birth)
to save your anointed one.
(Jesus on the Cross)
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
(Satan crushed) you stripped him from head to foot. Selah
With his own spear [weapon or staves] you pierced his head

The Cross and Golgotha was Satan’s weapons against Jesus. With Satan’s own weapons (the cross), which looking like an inverted sword, wielded into Golgotha, Satan’s head was crushed as prophesied in Genesis 3:15.

In Habakkuk, Jesus is the one who embraces us and clings on to us, the one who is the everlasting God, the Holy One, the God of our Salvation.

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