Monday, October 14, 2013

The King of Glory (Part II)

"For He hath founded it upon the seas, 
and established it upon the floods."  
Psalm 24:2

The LORD has fixed the earth, and it will not be done away with until He is ready for such to be the case.  Two-thirds of the earth is covered with water, yet the seas have a boundary over which they are not permitted to pass, "Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?  When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, and brake up for it My decreed place, and set bars and doors, and said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed? (Job 38:8-11)."

The Hebrew word for "floods" literally means "rivers."  The middle east has numerous seasonal wadis that run with water only during the rainy season.  When the rain finally comes, the water rushing down these normally dry river beds would resemble a flood.  All of these rivers and wadis eventually make it to the sea, and yet the sea is not full, "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again (Ecc. 1:7)."

The Lord Jesus Christ is the one by whom all these things have been made as it says in Colossians, "For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth...."  He is the one by whom the earth has been established.  He is the one that has set the boundaries for the waves.  He is the one who has chosen the paths for the rivers and set the watercourses into motion.  The Psalmist is about to transition into a glorious description of Jesus Christ the King of Glory.

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