Q. I was reading your featured topic on the two brides and you make the statement that I have heard time and time again: “…..the Father had to turn away, unable to look upon Him (Habakkuk 1:13)”. First, Habakkuk does not say God turned away from anything, its says he can not tolerate evil or condone evil, to paraphrase. The words tolerate and condone do not imply an inability to face. I have heard a lot of pastors say at that moment on the cross God had to hide his face from Jesus and that is why Jesus said “my God why have you forsaken me”. I don’t see that.
A. In the NIV the first sentence of Habakkuk 1:13 reads, “Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong.” The Hebrew word translated “look on” means to see, look at, or behold. The one translated “tolerate” also means to look, behold, or consider.
The Aramaic word translated forsaken in Matt. 27:45 means to abandon in the sense that the object being forsaken is no longer cared for. In 2 Cor. 5:21 Paul wrote that Jesus was “made sin for us.” To me that means on the cross He became the physical embodiment of sin. This is why God had to leave Him utterly alone to the point that He actually took the light from the world for three hours. The fact of the matter is that Jesus was left in the dark to die alone and abandoned.