Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 24, 2015

“do to us whatever seems good to You”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges Chapter 10.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“6 Then the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, served the Baals and the Ashtaroth, the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the sons of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines;  thus they forsook the Lord and did not serve Him. 7 The anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and into the hands of the sons of Ammon.  8 They afflicted and crushed the sons of Israel that year;  for eighteen years they afflicted all the sons of Israel who were beyond the Jordan in Gilead in the land of the Amorites.  9 The sons of Ammon crossed the Jordan to fight also against Judah, Benjamin, and the house of Ephraim, so that Israel was greatly distressed.

10 Then the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord, saying, “We have sinned against You, for indeed, we have forsaken our God and served the Baals.”  11 The Lord said to the sons of Israel, “Did I not deliver you from the Egyptians, the Amorites, the sons of Ammon, and the Philistines?  12 Also when the Sidonians, the Amalekites and the Maonites oppressed you, you cried out to Me, and I delivered you from their hands.  13 Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods;  therefore I will no longer deliver you.  14 Go and cry out to the gods which you have chosen;  let them deliver you in the time of your distress.”  15 The sons of Israel said to the Lord, “We have sinned, do to us whatever seems good to You;  only please deliver us this day.”  16 So they put away the foreign gods from among them and served the Lord;  and He could bear the misery of Israel no longer.”  Judges 10:6-16.

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“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”  Psalm 51:17.

Reformed Doctrine starts with humility.  It recognizes man’s “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Other doctrine starts with pride.  It claims that God loves everyone and gives everyone an equal chance at salvation and that the only difference between those who are saved and those who are not saved is man’s works or at least man’s wisdom to choose Christ.

Reformed Doctrine cries out:  “We have sinned, do to us whatever seems good to You;  only please deliver us this day.”   Because of its “Total Depravity”, Reformed Doctrine realizes that its only chance for salvation is “Unconditional Election”, the “U”  of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

Other doctrine will not accept such salvation.  To the Sovereign God of Scripture who predestines some to salvation and leaves others to perish according to His “Unconditional Election” alone, other doctrine exclaims:  “That is not the God I worship!”  “Let us tear their fetters apart And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:3.

“He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.”  Psalm 2:4.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.”  Romans 9:15-16.


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