As The Waters Cover The Sea
This phrase is used twice in the Old Testament writings. As we ponder this phrase we can look to the sea and gain understanding what is meant by this phrase. The sea is completely covered by the water with different depths of coverage. In some places it is shallow to a few feet and in other places to a depth of miles. But regardless of the depth we must concede that the sea is completely covered by the water for miles upon miles. The Old Testament usage of the word "cover" conveys the meaning to overwhelm and to be clothed. The emphasis of the word is a covering or clothing in totality, nothing left undone. Can you imagine sailing along the sea and coming upon a drop with a hole going down 26 miles to the rock bottom showing? We certainly can't fathom that situation occurring. The waters completely cover the sea until it reaches the boundaries set by Yahweh that the sea shall not pass over (Job 26:10; Psalm 104:6-9). There is not a place in the sea that the water's presence is not known nor felt. The sea is completely and totally overwhelmed by the water.
We find in Habakkuk 2:14 the following written statement "For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea." The literal rendering is "For shall be filled the earth with the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh as the waters cover over the sea." The earth shall be filled with the knowledge meaning the earth will know by observing and reflecting and to be thinking about the splendor and honor of Yahweh. It is manifested to us that Yahweh's name is a name of glory and that is evident to the whole earth ( Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 72:19; Numbers 14:21). Psalm 19:1-2 reflects "The heavens declare the glory of El and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech and night unto night sheweth knowledge." The glory of Yahweh is abounding in evidence for all creation to see and witness just as the waters cover the sea.
The second passage in the Old Testament writings is found in Isaiah 11:9 where this is written "...for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yahweh, as the waters cover the sea." As the waters cover the sea, we can not escape the knowledge nor the glory of Yahweh. It is evident everywhere we would look- in the creation, in the sciences, in the heavens and in mankind himself. The Psalmist said in Psalm 108:5 "Be thou exalted, O Elohim, above the heavens and thy glory above all the earth." As we read Nehemiah 9:5,6 we find that Yahweh is to be greatly praised and worshipped by all the host of heaven and earth.
No matter how hard mankind tries to disavow The Almighty Elohim it will be to no avail because His presence is seen and known throughout all creation and manifested to all creation. David in speaking in regards to Yahweh said in Psalm 4:2 "O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? How long will ye love vanity and seek after leasing (falsehood, untruth)". The simple statement is made from the Son to the Father in Matthew 6:13 "...For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen." Let us not be as Herod who perished because he refused to give the glory to Yahweh and was pleased with the coronation of praise being heaped upon him (Acts 12:23). Let us be ever mindful to give Elohim the glory and praise which rightfully belongs to Him.
- Larry Bumgardner