God came from Teman.
You must certainly be shocked by that answer. However, that is exactly what Hab 3:3 says. As a matter of fact Habakkuk goes on to name another place as well. Hab 3:3 says, “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.”
Now, before you fall off your rocker, you might want to consider the context of this verse. If you do, or if you are familiar with it, then you will know that Hab 3:3 is a reference to Jesus Christ at his Second Coming. When Jesus Christ (who is God manifest in the flesh, 1 Tim 3:16) returns, he will arrive on a white horse at Mt. Sinai (Jud 5:5), travel the way the Jews traveled up to Edom (Jud 5:4, this is where Teman is), proceed up the king’s highway (Num 20:17, 21:22), turn at Mt. Paran (Hab 3:3), and head to Jerusalem from the east where he will dismount at the Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4). So, there is no need to worry. God’s place of origin is not Teman.
As a matter of fact, God has no place of origin, because he is and has always been and will continue to be forever. He is everlasting. Ps 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” That’s why the Lord told Moses that his name is “I AM,” (Ex 3:14). Isaiah said that the Lord is the everlasting God, (Is 40:28). Even Jesus Christ professed to be “I am,” (Jn 8:58). That’s because he is everlasting (Jn 1:1).
As a result of God’s everlasting existence, we can be sure that everything else proceeded forth from him. He is the Creator of everything (Is 42:5). When men debate about the origin of man they all agree that something had to be here for ever. Evolutionists believe in the eternity of matter. Bible believers believe in the eternity of the Lord. And we are not the ones who thought up God, God is the one who formed us. Like Is 43:10 says, in part, “… I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”
Everything you see came forth from God and God brought it forth from nothing (Heb 11:3). God spoke it all into existence since there was nothing here before him. There is no such thing as the eternity of matter, that philosophy came from bad science (1 Tim 6:20). Only a fool would examine the visible things found in creation and conclude that there is no God (Rom 1:20-22).
There is a God and he is real. Everything made that was made he made (Jn 1:3). It doesn’t make any difference whether you can see the things that he made or whether they are invisible, he made them all because he was here before they were (Col 1:16-17). Moses really summed it up in the first four words of the Bible when he said, “In the beginning God…” Amen!
Hope this helps,
Pastor Bevans Welder