For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)
I was recently reading through Habakkuk, trying to understand what the phrase “the righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4), meant in its original context in Habakkuk (since this passage is used 3 times in the New Testament), and I came across Habakkuk 2:14, listed above.
The verse instantly stuck out to me since I remembered it from Isaiah:
They will not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isaiah 12:9)
As I went to Isaiah, however, the footnotes in my Bible showed me this verse actually came from Numbers1 14:20-21!:
So the LORD said, “I have pardoned them according to your word; but indeed as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD.” (Numbers 14:20-21)
Anytime a verse shows up in the Bible multiple times, especially 3 times, I take that to mean that I should pay close attention and that it is likely a very important verse.
But what does it mean for “the earth to be filled with the glory of the LORD.” At first, this seemed like somewhat of a nebulous phrase to me that I didn’t have much of a handle for comprehending. It sounds great, but what does it mean?
As I have continued meditating on these verse(s_, however, I believe they are becoming more clear to me what it actually means, and in fact, I now believe that the idea of God’s glory filling the earth is very much tied to the very reason and purpose for which God created the world (hence the subtitle of this blog series).
I plan on breaking up this series into 5 parts:
1)The Creation Story – I believe to get a foundation for understanding the idea of “the earth being filled with the glory of the LORD” we need to first turn to the creation story (and the fall) in Genesis 1-3.
2)Abraham = The second story that I believe we need to explore to understand this topic is God’s call and covenant with Abraham, in Genesis 12-18.
3)Deuteronomy – In part 3 we will take a look at the book of Deuteronomy, paying special attention to the blessings and curses sections at the end (in chapters 27-30)
4)Prophetic Passages – In part 4, we will take a look at the 3 passages listed above (in context), and with the foundation, we built in the last 3 parts try and understand what they tell us about this subject.
5)New Testament – In part 5 we will look at some passages in the New Testament to see how Jesus ties all of this together.