Sun and moon stood still in the heavens
at the glint of your flying arrows,
at the lightning of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
and in anger you threshed the nations.
13 You came out to deliver your people,
to save your anointed one.
You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness,
you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,
gloating as though about to devour
the wretched who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
churning the great waters
When Habakkuk wrote these words he probably wasn’t thinking about the Cross. I don’t imagine he was. I’m pretty sure he had the Exodus in mind, or a similar historical event. But for a Christian, taking into account the full revelation of Scripture, Calvary inevitably comes to mind.
Consider these two key New Testament verses:
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (Hebrews 2:14,15);
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15).
Just as David used Goliath’s sword to behead him, Jesus used the devil’s own weapon to defeat him. It was a complete and total victory, and it will lead ultimately to a new universe from which all evil will be banished. Because of ‘D Day’ at the Cross, ‘V’ Day is assured – the day of ultimate triumph.
You were out to save your people,
to save your specially chosen people.
You beat the stuffing
out of King Wicked,
Stripped him naked
from head to toe,
Set his severed head on his own spear
and blew away his army.
Scattered they were to the four winds—
and ended up food for the sharks! (The Message).
I think of Warren Wiersbe’s words that, as Christians, we are in a fight; but we not fighting for victory; we are fighting from victory.