WEEK 31: Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
Habakkuk name means “embracing”. He very likely was a contemporary of Jeremiah and prophesied between 608 B. C. and 638 B. C. at a time of political and moral crisis. He may have been a Levite connected with the Temple music.
As Nahum prophesied the fall of Assyria for its oppression of Israel, Habakkuk tells of God’s judgments upon the Chaldeans because of their oppression.
Its purpose grew out of the fact that they were no better off under the rule of Babylon who had overthrown Assyria, than they were formerly while Assyria ruled over them.
“For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord” He shall make Himself a glorious name among the nations of the earth, by executing vengeance upon Babylon, and so pleading the cause of His oppressed people, that men shall have cause to say – Psalm 58:11 Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.
This verse may be applied to the glorious days of the Messiah. The land of Judea should by His preaching, and that of His disciples, be filled with the knowledge of God. God’s great design fully discovered, and the scheme of salvation amply explained.
It may also be applied to the universal spread of the Gospel over the habitable globe; when the fullness of the Gentiles should be brought in (Romans 11:25), and the Jews gathered in with that fullness. The earth cannot perish till every continent, island, and inhabitant, is illuminated with the light of the Gospel.
“As the waters cover the sea”. We find a similar verse in:
Isaiah 11:9 They shall not hurt; nor destroy in all My holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
The overthrow of the mighty world conqueror will be so remarkable that the news of it will spread far and wide. That is a famous promise of the coming kingdom of Christ. Christ will certainly come again to judgment. Then all shall be set to rights, though now they may seem less equally carried; and the reason of God’s proceedings with men shall be cleared up, which now also we are bound to believe. On the Day of Judgment we shall see an excellent harmony in this discord of things; and all obscure passages shall be made as plain to us. Then shall this sweet promise have its full accomplishment: “The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea,” in greatest abundance, and redundancy.