God’s Place

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. His splendor covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. Selah

Paran is a rugged wilderness region in northern Sinai, west of the Gulf of Arabia, due south of Judah. Mount Paran is a specific mountain in that range of rough terrain. Moses mentions Mount Paran or Paran generally several times. Gen 21:20-21 indicates Ishmael grew to manhood in the region of the Paran wilderness. Mount Sinai, where God met with Moses and gave him the Ten Commandments, is in the general region of the Paran wilderness. The spies went up from Paran to investigate the promised land and Israel passed in and through Paran various times during their wilderness years. Teman was Esau’s grandson (Gen 36:10-11) and his name here represents control over the territory of Edom. The Edomites refused to allow Israel passage through their territory during their wilderness journey. The Edomites were the “brothers” of Israel. God protected them, though they were contentious against Israel. When the two clashed, God’s favor rested on Israel. Expanding on the greatness of God in His keeping of Israel through the wilderness years, Habakkuk speaks of the vast wonder of Creation and how Creation rightly points to and praises its Creator, God.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to God’s Place

  1. Michael Knudsen says:

    Great stuff on the geography and geneology of the Old Testament, about which I don’t know a whole lot. Very informative!

    • Lance Ponder says:

      I wish I knew more. I love looking at photos. I got a new bible with some very unique 3-D satellite images. I was blessed to visit Israel in the mid 1980s, but it was only for a couple of days when I was in the service. We took a bus tour across the northern part and got to visit Acre (Acco), Haifa, Nazareth, and all around the Sea of Galilee, which I was amazed to learn was no more than a decent sized lake. I’ve fished on bigger lakes in Wisconsin. LOL.

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