God’s Glory and Splendor


Sunset over Mountain Range

From Pastor’s Desk: 8-26-15

Habakkuk 3:3-4 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. “Selah” His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. 4 His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.

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I yield to a much more learned person than myself.

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Adam Clarke:

His glory covered the heavens] His glory when he descended on Mount Sinai, and in the pillar of fire by night.

The earth was full of his praise.] All the land was astonished at the magnificence of his works in behalf of his people. Instead of praise, some translate splendour. The whole land was illuminated by his glory.

He had horns coming out of his hand] His hand-his power-was manifested in a particular place, by the sudden issuing out of pencils of rays, which diverged in coruscations (glitter, sparkle) of light, so as to illuminate the whole hemisphere. Yet “there was the hiding of his power.” His Majesty could not be seen, nor any kind of image, because of the insufferable splendour. This may either refer to the lightnings on Mount Sinai; or to the brightness which occasionally proceeded from the shechinah or glory of God between the cherubim, over the mercy-seat.

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The splendor of the King

Clothed in majesty

Let all the earth rejoice

All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light

And darkness tries to hide

And trembles at His voice

And trembles at His voice…How great is our God…

(How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves)

One day, and I believe soon, the glory (this time the full glory) of God will be displayed as the promise of the rapture (catching away) of God’s people is fulfilled just as the Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 15:51-58.

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