Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 2:12-14
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
Often we find gems of God’s truth tucked away in unexpected places in Scripture. We will look at three of these gems that are found within the “Woe Oracles” in Habakkuk. The first of them comes in the context of God’s judgment upon the Babylonians because of their violence and injustice — “Woe to him who builds a town with blood and founds a city on iniquity! Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts that people labor merely for fire and nations weary themselves for nothing? (vs. 12,13).
In contrast to the wickedness of sinful people, God’s people have a knowledge of the glory of the Lord. The glory of the Lord includes His special presence with His people. As God’s people spread across the earth with the good news of salvation through Jesus, God’s glory shines. Here is a picture of the increasing growth of God’s Kingdom rule in the hearts of His people. God’s people are responsible to spread the gospel to all the nations — “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19a).
There is also eschatological truth to this rich truth. One day, when the new heavens and new earth are created, the glory of the Lord will be fully manifested. This is what Paul meant when he wrote — “For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed” (Romans 8:18). Even the created order groans as it awaits the glory of the Lord to fill the earth (Romans 8:19-22).
Let us join with the Psalmist in this prayer — “Blessed be His glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory” (Psalm 72:19).
Lord God, indeed this is our prayer that the whole earth will be filled with a knowledge of Your glory. Thank You for giving me glimpses of your glory now and I look forward to the day when I see the fullness of Your glory fill the earth.
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