Habakkuk’s name means “ardent embrace.” Although his name does not define his message, in his closing statement he lives up to his name when he confesses his unconditional faith in the Lord, totally embracing God and His Word (Hab. 3:16-17). Virtually nothing is known about the prophet although the postscript “To the chief singer on my stringed instruments” (Hab. 3:19) may connect him to the rituals of the temple and therefore to the priestly office. Although an obscure character, few prophets lay bare their personal struggles as clearly as Habakkuk. So notwithstanding the lack of information about him, we know his heart pretty well. The apocryphal Bel and the Dragon refers to a Habakkuk of the tribe of Levi who was carried by an angel from Judea to Babylon to minister to Daniel in the lions’ den. As interesting as this may be, it is merely fiction with no credibility.

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ByJustus Musinguzi

Promoting the annual reading and study of the whole Bible, and teaching the treasures of God's truth that honors God, is saturated with grace, exalts Christ, and is driven by the gospel.