HABAKKUK’S PRAYER UPON SHIGIONOTH (Cont’d)
Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3
The reference Scripture continues as follows:
3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
The prophet then draws our attention God and the Holy One, His Christ. "God came from Teman…" Teman means south. This definition is not to be taken literally. Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon notes that the ancients regarded the south as clear and lighted by the sun. Spiritually, Teman is a place of light versus darkness. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Jesus said, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12) and again, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:5).
The root meaning of Teman is the right hand. Romans 8:34 declares that Jesus is at the right hand of God and maketh intercession for us. Hebrews 12: 2 describes our Lord as Jesus "the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."
The Holy One from mount Paran. Christ Jesus, the Holy One is from a mount or high place of glory. "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things (Ephesians 4:10)." An unclean spirit audibly acknowledged Jesus of Nazareth as the Holy One of God (Mark 1:21). Christ Jesus, the Holy One did not to see corruption (Acts 2:27). He was raised from the dead with all power, and like the Psalmist (Psalm 61:2), any believer can be certain of the leading of His Spirit and say, "lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Praise the Lord that we have an unction from the Holy One and we know all things (1 John 2:20). Selah or pause and reflect on this.