filled with the glory of the LORD.” (Num. 14:21)
God makes a very bold declaration and promise. He swears upon Himself: “as I live.” This is a powerful oath. Since we know that God is true, and cannot lie, shouldn’t we pay attention to this declaration? Because what God swears will surely, certainly come to pass.
What is the promise? That the knowledge of the glory of God will fill the earth as the waters cover the sea. How completely do the waters cover the sea? It’s a wonderful way of illustrating total coverage. The sea is entirely made of water; therefore, the waters absolutely and completely cover the sea. There is no part of the sea that isn’t covered with water! And so, just as surely as the waters cover the sea (says God), so surely and completely and totally and thoroughly will the earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.
Is this not a profound statement? We are not told how this will be accomplished, or when. But we know what, and we know Who, and we know why: because God has declared it. It shall be so, therefore it will be so…