This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #709 where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.
Today we are reading Habakkuk 3:9.
9 Thy bow was made quite naked, according to the oaths of the tribes, even thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers.
That was Habakkuk 3:9. Now here is the sense of it.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:
God uncovered His bow, that is, He pulled it from its sheath for ready action. The statement translated You called for many arrows is an enigma in Hebrew. One scholar claimed he found more than 100 translations of this short phrase of three Hebrew words (šeḇu‘ôṯ maṭṭôṯ ’ōmer). The first word may be rendered “seventh” (related to Sabbath), “oath,” or “sworn.” Maṭṭôṯ may be “branches,” “rods,” “staves,” or “tribes.” (The NIV has “arrows,” in parallel with the word “bow.”) ’Ōmer, a word used exclusively in poetry, denotes “a discourse,” “a word,” or “an affair or occasion.” (NIV has “You called.”) Perhaps a reasonable and somewhat literal translation is, “Staves [arrows] are sworn by a word.” There is a certain seriousness about God’s action here. By solemn oath He affirmed that His weapons were employed. The NIV captures this thought of God’s confirming His use of arrows by saying He “called for” them. The parallel between this verse and parts of Deuteronomy 32 is striking. The Song of Moses speaks of a consuming fire, pestilence and plagues, and arrows drunk with blood as part of His oath for vengeance against His adversaries. Whatever the translation of this rather minor phrase in Habakkuk’s ode, there is another call by the word Selah to stop and meditate. God’s motive and His majestic power were seen in His actions in nature, among the nations, and against His enemies. The effect of God’s power is seen in the way He creases the earth’s surface with rivers.
Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 18:8: “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.