Neglected Books of the Old Testament: Habbakuk
However, it’s at the beginning of Chapter Two that the text’s many themes come together in God’s reply to the complaints of Habakkuk, who stands at the watchtower awaiting God’s answer, a text that St Gregory of Nazianzus uses as the basis of his Easter Oration. Even if the vindication of the Lord is slow in arriving, we must wait in hope, for the righteous live by faith, and the evil will not abide. Our faith in the Lord has to be powerful, yes, because often the injustice and iniquity around us is so great that we want to cry out in righteous anger to the Lord against the iniquitous. But even when the odds stacked against us seem so great, still God works His purpose out, and is true to His word. Habakkuk wrote his prophecy just before the deportation to Babylon, and even after the deportation, which was such a disaster, Habakkuk became an instrument to save the righteous man Daniel from the lions’ den, and saw in his ecstatic vision the promised Messiah born in the poverty of the manger.