Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 16, 2015

“My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 15:1-12.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Kings+15&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“8 In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in Samaria for six months.  9 He did evil in the sight of the Lord, as his fathers had done;  he did not depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel sin.  10 Then Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him and struck him before the people and killed him, and reigned in his place.  11 Now the rest of the acts of Zechariah, behold they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.  12 This is the word of the Lord which He spoke to Jehu, saying, “Your sons to the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”  And so it was.”   2 Kings 15:8-12.

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Zechariah did evil in the sight of the LORD, but the LORD was not surprised.  The LORD was not rattled.  The LORD did not need to react.

Some doctrine portray their god as one who constantly needs to react to man’s alleged free-will actions.

But Reformed Doctrine shows the God of Scripture Who initiates.  God establishes history, “His Story”, to accomplish His purpose.  God often shows us the end of history first:  “Declaring the end from the beginning”.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;”  Isaiah 46:9-10.

“And so it was.” in today’s Scripture.  The word of the LORD was fulfilled “which He spoke to Jehu, saying, “Your sons to the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.”  Verse 12.

Note that God did not have to react and scramble to deal with Zechariah’s evil.  God initiated and had declared to Jehu, four generations earlier, that Jehu’s royal line would end after the fourth generation (after Zechariah’s reign).

Joshua in his farewell address reminded Israel that all of God’s words were fulfilled.

“Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed;  all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed.”  Joshua 23:14.

Reformed Doctrine joyfully proclaims predestination a/k/a “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, not as a wild theological strand of teaching in the Bible but as part of God’s sovereign establishment of history to accomplish His purpose:  “Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,  And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’”.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.  In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.”  Ephesians 1:3-12.

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