Hab 3:12-15 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 thigh to neck. Selah. You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors, who came like a whirlwind to scatter me, rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret. You trampled the sea with your horses, the surging of mighty waters.
More than just a warrior, God comes wages war with the most noble purpose – salvation. Habakkuk almost certainly saw salvation as a promise for his own people. He pictured God as an all mighty conqueror who would destroy the wicked Babylonians. It is far less likely that Habakkuk realized he was also seeing an image of God’s fury with a people who would murder the Messiah, the Anointed One of God. Habakkuk says, “You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed.” God came wrapped in flesh to announce salvation, not only to the people chosen to keep the sacred trust of this hope, but to the whole world. Satan, the real enemy, would one day be dealt a crushing blow to the head even as God foretold to Eve (Gen 3:15). The phrase, “you pierced with his own arrows” is curious. As it relates to Babylon, this suggests prophetic insight into the internal chaos leading to the collapse of the Empire. As it relates to messianic prophecy, it more aptly describes the hypocrisy of the Jewish leaders who had their own scriptures thrown in their faces by Jesus. Interestingly, it also seems to describe the words of Jesus penetrating the heart of zealous Saul who sought to scatter and devour the primitive church.