Hi my sister and I are doing a post together on 2 verses from Habakkuk 1. Habakkuk 1:12 and Habakkuk 1:13.
Habakkuk 1:12 says:
12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you[a] will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.”
He doesn’t know it yet, but Habakkuk is setting the stage for Christ’s death. How? When he says “You have appointed them to execute judgment; you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.” That is a picture of Jesus! Jesus could have easily a numberless amount of angels from heaven to rescue Him, yet He laid down his life for his sheep.
So we see a comparison to Jesus in Habakkuk’s words, yet we also see a contrast. When Habakkuk says “…you will never die.” We know that this is a contrast because Jesus gave up His life and died so that we could live. However, Jesus rose from the grave on the third day so we see he is still living!
Habakkuk 1:13 says:
“13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?”
Habakkuk is talking to God (as we see in the verse above). He is telling God something God already knows, which is that His eyes are too pure to look on evil, and that He cannot tolerate sin or wrongdoing. So now he is asking God why He tolerates the people’s sin, instead of putting them to death. Excellent question, God hates sin, so why is He tolerating it?
God isn’t actually tolerating sin; He has taken out His wrath out on our sin, just not on us. He sent His son who took on all our sin, and then He put His own son to death. Praise God for saving us by sending His son.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland, and
Grace and Truth, Charity Cleveland