Are your feet like the Hinds?

The book of Habakkuk reads like a hard rock miners diary. The crust (hard rock miner) sets out to find the gold in the Word of God. At first the work is slow as he learns to use the tools of word studies in the OT as well as the NT. The crusts map is written in King James’s English but he wants to know the reality of digging in the rich yet hard soil of Word of Life. He does not trust the latest easy read hot rod versions that fawn over supposed better texts.

He plans his digs one day in the shaft of the Old Testament and then the next day in the New Testament. Every day he checks to make sure that his light is on in the presence of the Holy Spirit and he is focused on the days dig. Surrounded by the darkness of the shaft he begins his work.hard rock

This day finds our crust (daily transformation and inward change at the hand of God) meditating in the Word of God found in Habakkuk 3:17-19. Habakkuk’s journey is a spiritual one telling his journey from doubt in God’s Word because of circumstances, to joy and true worship.

The first four verses of Habakkuk set the mood for the days dig. Habakkuk believes God has removed Himself from the earthly scene: His words are forgotten; His hand is not manifest; God is nowhere to be found except in tiny pockets. Men are in control, and evil men at that.

And they act just as one would expect men to act without God’s restraint. These words describe the scene: iniquity, trouble, plundering, violence, strife, contention, law is powerless, justice never goes forth, wicked surround the righteous, perverse judgment proceeds.”

How different is the scene in the last three verses of the book (3:17-19). The crust is no longer controlled or anxious over his circumstances (will I find gold or just another load of rocks) for he feels he is on the trail of a huge vane of gold. The crust has fixed his hope on God, for he realizes that God does take an interest in hard rock miners and is his source of strength and joy.

The hard rock miner realizes that God is showing him higher ground in His word. The strength and transformation that takes place in him as he reads the word of God and understands the basic meaning of the words found in the gold field of the word. The words of the last paragraph contrast sharply with the first paragraph of Habakkuk.

“Rejoice in the Lord…joy in the God of my salvation…God is my strength…feet like deer’s feet, (Hind a unique deer found in the mountains of Israel)…walk on my high hills.” Now like a good miner let’s pan with some water and slosh the dirt around till the nuggets shine forth from the word.

I have highlighted the word joy so to point out the meaning in Hebrew which is gil Strong’s # 1523. To joy, rejoice, be glad, and be joyful. Gil contains the suggestion of “dancing for Joy,” or “leaping for joy,” since the verb originally meant “to spin around with intense motion.”

This lays to rest the notion that the Biblical concept of joy is only “a quiet inner sense of well-being.”david_danced

God Himself is said to dance for joy over Jerusalem and because of His people (Isa. 65:19; Zeph. 3:17). The righteous Messiah shall rejoice in God’s salvation with an intensity that the psalmist cannot find words to describe (Ps.21:1). We all know how hard rock miners dance and carry on when a nugget is found.

The Hind mentioned earlier is a unique deer in that has the special ability to place it front hoofs on the skimpiest rock edges found high up and to place its rear hoofs in the exact same spot weather going up or down and to do it swiftly (this speaks of confidence and skill given by our Lord). The root word here in “And He will make me walk on my high hills.” Is tread , to walk, tread, trample, march Strong’s #1869.hinds feet

This leads me to remember our lord’s words to Joshua after Moses had died. “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.” Joshua 1:3. Are your feet like the Hinds?


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    May 14, 2014 @ 21:56:13

    Great post, Manny. Gonna have to take a read through the minor prophet once more. Have only read it once in the past year. This time I’ll pretend I’m a hard rock miner. I’ll dig deep.

    God’s blessings my friend…


    • Mannyr
      May 16, 2014 @ 14:51:34

      That’s amazing…I just finished my daily quite time in the Word with a couple of months spent reading on the minor prophets. I will wait a spell before tackling the major prophets. As you probably know the OT can be a bit dulling in the repetition of subjects. In reality, they are a challenge worth the effort.

      I have starting a new discipleship class with some friends in a nice home (modern) entitled “The person of Jesus…a study of love. If everybody hangs in there it will take a full year. This one will be great because it is done during the day because most who attend are retired. My wife loves discipleship programs her second one. She never attended or had a discipler until Mannyrilla.

      Blessings in the name of Jesus.


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