Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:3-15
“God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His spender covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light, rays flashed from His hand; and there He veiled His power.” (Habakkuk 3:3,4)
God gave Habakkuk a vision of Himself. These verses describe the majesty and splendor of the Being of God (vs. 3-6). They tell us about His eternal purpose (vs. 5-7) and about His impending judgment (vs. 8-15).
The opening two verses of the vision of God (vs. 3,4) picture God, the Holy One, moving south to the land of Judah. This is an anthropomorphic representation of God. God is being described in human terms. What stands out in the passage is the majesty, spender, radiance and power of God as He moves upon the face of the earth.
There is a striking resemblance of this description of the majesty of God with the picture of the glorified Christ found in the opening chapter of Revelation.
“Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lamp stands, and in the midst of the lamp stands one like a son of man clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around His chest. The hairs of His head were white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, His feet were like burnished bronze, refined win a furnace, and His voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand came a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full strength” (Revelation 1:12-16).
The imagery in these two descriptions is similar — splendor, majesty, radiance, and power. I believe Habakkuk was given a pre-incarnation vision of Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus, You are filled with spender and majesty. Your radiance is brighter than the sun and Your power is immense, so immense that You have to restrain it. I bow before You in worship. I praise You for being the glorious Lord of all.
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