1. Galatians 3:11 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What is the context of Habakkuk?

Galatians 3:11 (ESV)

11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Habakkuk predicted a day of judgment for the people of Israel. Their failure to obey the terms of the old covenant has incurred God’s wrath with the result that the Babylonians will come to punish the nation of Judah. In response to this reality, believers were called to believe God’s promise that Babylon itself will one day be judged and there will be a future restoration for God’s people.1 Habakkuk believed this promise and in doing so he functions as another example that justification comes by faith.2