Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:8-15
“You marched through the earth in fury; You threshed the nations in anger. You went out for the salvation of Your people, for the salvation of Your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from his thigh to neck.” (Habakkuk 3:12,13)
In this vision given to Habakkuk, the Lord is pictured as a mighty warrior and a conquering king. He goes forth for the salvation of HIs people. Nothing can stop Him from accomplishing His mission of saving a people to be His beloved possession.
The Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Confession of Faith describes Christ in His office as king: “Christ executes the office of king, in subduing us to Himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all His and our enemies” (Shorter Catechism #26). Read the passage in Habakkuk again with the catechism’s description in mind.
Jesus is the Warrior-King who marches through the earth conquering His foes. He is out to save His people. He restrains and conquers His enemies and ours. He defends us and ensures that we will be His people throughout all eternity.
Read this description of Christ from Revelation 19 — “Then I saw heaven opened and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself. He is clothed in a white robe dipped in blood and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses. From HIs mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on HIs thigh He had a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:11-16).
Do you see the resemblance between the description of the Warrior-King in Habakkuk and the description of the Conquering Christ in Revelation 19? Habakkuk was given a vision of our Warrior-King Jesus!
Lord Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, I know that You subdued me to Yourself and that You are ruling and defending me. I am so thankful that You restrain and conquer all our enemies. I bow before Your majesty and glory as You lead the armies of heaven to accomplish the victory that is Yours.
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