Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 21, 2014

“I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.”

Today’s devotion comes from Numbers 27:1-11. 

“Then the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph, came near;  and these are the names of his daughters:  Mahlah, Noah and Hoglah and Milcah and Tirzah. 2 They stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the leaders and all the congregation, at the doorway of the tent of meeting, saying, 3 “Our father died in the wilderness, yet he was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah;  but he died in his own sin, and he had no sons.  4 Why should the name of our father be withdrawn from among his family because he had no son?  Give us a possession among our father’s brothers.”  5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord. 

6 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad are right in their statements.  You shall surely give them a hereditary possession among their father’s brothers, and you shall transfer the inheritance of their father to them.  8 Further, you shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.  9 If he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.  10 If he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers.  11 If his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his nearest relative in his own family, and he shall possess it; and it shall be a statutory ordinance to the sons of Israel, just as the Lord commanded Moses.’”  Numbers 27:1-11. 


Many complain and reject Reformed Doctrine (which includes predestination), because it seems unfair and unjust to them that God alone unconditionally elects whomever He wants to save.   

Today’s Scripture shows God’s concern for justice.  Not only did God specifically give justice to the daughters of Zelophehad, God generally provided justice to all in the form of establishing a law of inheritance. 

“He loves righteousness and justice;  The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.”  Psalm 33:5.   

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne;  Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”  Psalm 89:14. 

“The works of His hands are truth and justice;  All His precepts are sure.”  Psalm 111:7. 

So, let us look a little closer at God’s work of predestination (“Unconditional Election” in “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation). 

Article 1.  As all men have sinned in Adam, lie under the curse, and are deserving of eternal death, God would have done no injustice by leaving them all to perish, and delivering them over to condemnation on account of sin, according to the words of the apostle, Romans 3:19, “that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”   And verse 23:  “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”   And Romans 6:23:  “for the wages of sin is death.”  FIRST HEAD OF DOCTRINE  Of Divine Predestination of the Canons of Dordt. 

In other words, just because God saved some does not mean that God is unjust for not saving all or more.  God is concerned with both justice and mercy (lovingkindness).  

“Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 9:23-24. 

God demonstrated His lovingkindness by saving His Elect.  

God demonstrated His justice both by punishing the reprobates by sending them to hell but by also sending His precious only begotten Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die on the cross, because Christ took on Himself the sins of the Elect.  If ever there was a time for God to refrain from justice, it was when Christ was on the cross.  But, God perfectly demonstrated His justice by even punishing Christ who took on the sins of the Elect.  

God demonstrated His righteousness by imputing the righteousness of Christ to the Elect and by sanctifying the Elect, causing them to be slaves of righteousness. 

God delights in lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness, and God perfectly exercises them.  We exult in total perfect triumph in Christ. 

“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.”  2 Corinthians 2:14

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