Friday, May 28, 2010

Habakkuk 3:8

Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord ? Was your anger against the rivers, or your indignation against the sea, when you rode on your horses, on your chariot of salvation? 

The rule when reading scripture is: take it literally unless it doesn't make sense to do so.  So when the righteous are well watered trees in psalms, that's time to not take it literally.  When you read about the moon turning into blood, don't take it literally. 
Likewise, God doesn't have a body. He doesn't ride a horse, or a chariot, or a car. He's transcendent, He's everywhere and nowhere already because He doesn't occupy the physical universe with matter.  The same thing applies to the horsemen and chariots in Zephaniah and Revelation, and the same principle is here, God is being spoken of symbolically. 
Otherwise we have God getting mad at water.
So we take it symbolically that God is angry with a free moral agent for something they have done.  Roll in the context:  Habakkuk 2 is talking about the sins that Babylon has committed/will commit that will merit His judgment against them.  Therefore the rivers, and waters, and oceans that bring His wrath are the Gentile nations.
The lesson then is that the beast from the sea in Revelation, really isn't coming from the ocean.

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