HABAKKUK’S PRAYER UPON SHIGIONOTH (Cont’d)
Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3
The reference Scripture continues as follows:
12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger.
13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.
14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
15 Thou didst walk through the sea with thine horses, through the heap of great waters.
No matter the language, a work in righteousness is ongoing. God’s indignation and anger are toward wickedness. "Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed…" Jesus came to save His people. His very name means Jehovah is salvation. Although God gave the Law, It only helped man see what sin was. "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8)." "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh – (Romans 8:3)."
Christ Jesus, the Seed of every man, bruised or wounded the head of the devil. His Work of Redemption was so thorough that It went to the foundation unto the neck, pointing victory over all the strength and opposition of the wicked one. The destruction included the henchmen of the wicked one. "And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2:15)." Just as with the Crucifixion, wicked men thought they had destroyed the Lord Jesus, but their secret plotting was shown openly. What looked like natural defeat was total spiritual Victory! They did not know the hidden wisdom of God in a mystery or they would not have crucified Him (I Corinthians 2:8).
Isaiah 57:20 reads, "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt." In His war and judgment, the Lord our Righteousness walked through or treaded upon wickedness in the power of His Strength. He brought the proud low and tread down the wicked in their place (Job 40:12).