“The earth is full of the knowledge of the glory of YHWH As the waters cover the sea.” Hab. 2:14.
When I first read this I thought it was saying that the earth is partially covered with His glory in the way that waters partly cover the earth. But It says,
“As the waters cover the sea.”
In creation the Father has completely covered the earth with the testimony of His Son.
Water is His example.
There is no account of God creating water in the beginning.
In Genesis you will find Him saying “let there be… “ basically everything, except the most abundant substance on earth.
There is profound significance in His silence about creating water.
The natural, earthly things were fashioned to illustrate spiritual, heavenly realities.
“The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” Romans 1:20.
The seed falls into the ground, It sheds it’s husk, and then it’s inward heart is resurrected above, separated out from the earth. The life that is above grows bending toward the light.
The destructive caterpillar sheds its skin as it enters the chrysalis, where it is completely dissolved into goo before it is transformed into the matchless beauty of a butterfly. Then it rises on wings into a new world above, pollinating as it goes.
These things are fulfilled in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection Life.
“In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness” Zach. 13:1.
And having finished the work, His Spirit and Resurrection Life have become “Rivers of Living water” in His Body the Church Jn. 7:38.
Rivers not sprinkles. And His Life descends anew…
“And I John saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem, COMING DOWN from God out of heaven” Rev.21:2.
“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and His coming is AS THE RAIN, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” Hos. 6:3
Water represents His eternal Life. We cannot live long without it. It refreshes, it washes clean, it satisfies our thirst. It is manifest in three forms and yet it is one.
In the narrative of creation it’s as if water is “without lineage, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life” (Heb. 7:3).
He is silent about the creation of water because water represents His uncreated substance filling the earth.
Water always brings earth with it as it flows down. So also only His Resurrection Life brings our soul into participation with the cross. It has not been left to you to crucify your self. This is a work of the Spirit.
“O That I may know Him, and the power of His Resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death!” Phillipians 3:10
Water is relentless in its descent. It cannot be stopped. Diverted temporarily, yes. But eventually it is released and it humbly flows down. The longer it is held back, the greater it’s release.
The religious heart struggles to be given to God because the natural man seeks to ascend to a likeness of Christ instead of resting in being inhabited by the Spirit of Christ Himself. That man resists the decent of the Spirit. But The Person of the Resurrection relentlessly gives Himself. It is Who He is. In seeing Him, letting go of self is as natural as the flowing of a river of water.
“There is one who is making himself rich, and hath nothing, And there is One Who is making Himself poor, yet has all things” Prov.13:7.
This is Christ our Life.
When Jesus comes to fully know His union with the Father, did it cause Him to be puffed up or demand service of others? When God’s knowledge worked in Him it caused Him to come low in serving His Body.
“Jesus knowing that the Father has given all things into His hands, and that He came out from God, and goes away to God, He rose up from the supper and laid aside His garments. And taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He put water into the basin and began to wash the feet of the disciples” Jn. 13:3-5.
Water flows down to brooks and creeks until it joins into rivers. We give names to these bodies of water. But eventually the names and bodies are lost, swallowed up in the greater. They cannot be found. It points us to Christ,the Head, He is the Resurrection and Life. In fullness there is but One. He alone is God and there is no other.
When I was young I grew up near the ocean, surfing, fishing and sailing. After being away from the sea at least twenty-five years, I find I am still haunted by it. Sometimes I crave its salt on my lips. The ocean can be both beautiful and terrible. It is a vast realm of unsearchable depths where man cannot live.
“Whom have I in heaven but Thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee” Ps.73:25.