Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 26, 2015

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 17.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Samuel%2016&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Furthermore, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Please let me choose 12,000 men that I may arise and pursue David tonight.  2 I will come upon him while he is weary and exhausted and terrify him, so that all the people who are with him will flee.  Then I will strike down the king alone, 3 and I will bring back all the people to you.  The return of everyone depends on the man you seek;  then all the people will be at peace.”  4 So the plan pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.

5 Then Absalom said, “Now call Hushai the Archite also, and let us hear what he has to say.”  6 When Hushai had come to Absalom, Absalom said to him, “Ahithophel has spoken thus.  Shall we carry out his plan?  If not, you speak.”  7 So Hushai said to Absalom, “This time the advice that Ahithophel has given is not good.”  8 Moreover, Hushai said, “You know your father and his men, that they are mighty men and they are fierce, like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field.  And your father is an expert in warfare, and will not spend the night with the people.  9 Behold, he has now hidden himself in one of the caves or in another place;  and it will be when he falls on them at the first attack, that whoever hears it will say, ‘There has been a slaughter among the people who follow Absalom.’  10 And even the one who is valiant, whose heart is like the heart of a lion, will completely lose heart;  for all Israel knows that your father is a mighty man and those who are with him are valiant men.  11 But I counsel that all Israel be surely gathered to you, from Dan even to Beersheba, as the sand that is by the sea in abundance, and that you personally go into battle.  12 So we shall come to him in one of the places where he can be found, and we will fall on him as the dew falls on the ground;  and of him and of all the men who are with him, not even one will be left. 13 If he withdraws into a city, then all Israel shall bring ropes to that city, and we will drag it into the valley until not even a small stone is found there.”  14 Then Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel.”  For the Lord had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring calamity on Absalom.”  2 Samuel 17:1-14.

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Today, we read this facet of God’s sovereignty:  “…    For the Lord had ordained to thwart the good counsel of Ahithophel, so that the Lord might bring calamity on Absalom.”  Verse 14.

No churches (maybe few churches) flatly deny God’s sovereignty.

But, does the preacher or teacher seem content to only generally teach that God ordained things such as the moon and stars?  Psalm 8:3.   

Or, does the preacher or teacher seem eager to specifically teach God’s sovereignty over salvation?

If God controls the moon and the stars, and even the smallest details of life on earth so that not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from the will of God (Matthew 10:29), then is it so hard to believe that God would also have sovereign control over salvation of man? 

If God will not allow a sparrow to fall to the ground apart from His will, then will God allow man to fall to hell apart from His will?

Does God care more about the moon and the stars and the sparrows than He cares about man?

There certainly are Reformed churches and Presbyterian churches and other churches with creeds by which they can not deny God’s sovereignty over salvation, but one gets the feeling too often that the preacher or teacher wants to avoid the subject.

It seems as if very few churches specifically and systematically and enthusiastically talk about God’s sovereignty over salvation.

The purpose of this Reformed Doctrine Daily Devotions is to specifically and systematically and enthusiastically talk about God’s sovereignty over salvation.  Praise God! 

“TULIP” consists of “Total Depravity”, “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace” and “Preservation of the Saints”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

One would think that members of a church would know these five points, particularly considering the supreme importance of this subject and the clue of the starting letter for each blessed truth.

But, how many members of a church do know those five points without someone giving them a point or two or more? 

How many members of a church know which major Reformed creed focuses only on this subject of “TULIP”? 

(Answer is Canons of Dordt.)

God has ordained redemption for His people.

“He has sent redemption to His people;
He has ordained His covenant forever;
Holy and awesome is His name.”   Psalm  111:9.

“And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord:  and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.”  Acts 13:48.  King James Version.

Are we glad about it and want to shout it from the rooftops? 

Or, do we want to hide it or minimize it? 

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