Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 28, 2015

“it was a turn of events from God that the Lord might establish His word”

Today comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 10.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+10&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.  2 When Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), Jeroboam returned from Egypt.  3 So they sent and summoned him.  When Jeroboam and all Israel came, they spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 4 “Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.”  5 He said to them, “Return to me again in three days.”  So the people departed.

6 Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?”  7 They spoke to him, saying, “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”  8 But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.

12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.”  13 The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders.  14 He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it;  my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”  15 So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of events from God that the Lord might establish His word, which He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”  2 Chronicles Chapter 10:  Verses 1-8 and 12-15.

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Other doctrine is content to focus solely on what man should do, in this case, following the counsel of elders.

Although Reformed Doctrine also emphasizes the importance of elders and following their advice and warning against the danger of forsaking their advice, Reformed Doctrine teaches that it is not just about man and what man should do, God’s sovereignty and God’s will supersede mans’ actions.  In today’s Scripture, we learn that the king did not listen to the elders, because “it was a turn of events from God that the Lord might establish His word”.  Verse 15.

“The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.”  Proverbs 21:1.

“The mind of man plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”  Proverbs 16:9.

“10 The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations;
He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart from generation to generation.”  Psalm 33:10-11.

“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.

“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’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”   Isaiah 46:9-11.

God accomplishes all of His good pleasure.  Total Perfect Triumph.


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