Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 16, 2015

“You have destroyed the wicked; … But the Lord abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles 21:8-20.

“8 In his days Edom revolted against the rule of Judah and set up a king over themselves.  9 Then Jehoram crossed over with his commanders and all his chariots with him.  And he arose by night and struck down the Edomites who were surrounding him and the commanders of the chariots. 10 So Edom revolted against Judah to this day.  Then Libnah revolted at the same time against his rule, because he had forsaken the Lord God of his fathers.  11 Moreover, he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot and led Judah astray.

12 Then a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet saying, “Thus says the Lord God of your father David, ‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father and the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13 but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have caused Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to play the harlot as the house of Ahab played the harlot, and you have also killed your brothers, your own family, who were better than you, 14 behold, the Lord is going to strike your people, your sons, your wives and all your possessions with a great calamity;  15 and you will suffer severe sickness, a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the sickness, day by day.’”

16 Then the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the Arabs who bordered the Ethiopians;  17 and they came against Judah and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions found in the king’s house together with his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.

18 So after all this the Lord smote him in his bowels with an incurable sickness.  19 Now it came about in the course of time, at the end of two years, that his bowels came out because of his sickness and he died in great pain.  And his people made no fire for him like the fire for his fathers.  20 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years;  and he departed with no one’s regret, and they buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.”    2 Chronicles 21:8-20.

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Other doctrine is surprised at the behavior at Jehoram.

Other doctrine thinks that the LORD needs to be on His toes to react to evil.

But, Reformed Doctrine is not surprised at the behavior at Jehoram.  The very first point of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation is “Total Depravity”, the natural condition of man.

Other doctrine teaches that God loves everybody.

But, Reformed Doctrine teaches that God hates all who do iniquity and will punish them.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that the LORD exercises justice on earth for He delights in justice to the extent that the LORD has established His throne to carry out judgment.

“4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.
6 You destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.”  Psalm 5:4-6.

“Thus I will punish the world for its evil
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud
And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.”  Isaiah 13:11.

“5 You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked;
You have blotted out their name forever and ever.
6 The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins,
And You have uprooted the cities;
The very memory of them has perished.

But the Lord abides forever;
He has established His throne for judgment,
8 And He will judge the world in righteousness;
He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity.”  Psalm 9:5-8.

“Article 13:  Of Divine Providence.

We believe that the same God, after he had created all things, did not forsake them, or give them up to fortune or chance, but that he rules and governs them according to his holy will, so that nothing happens in this world without his appointment:  nevertheless, God neither is the author of, nor can be charged with, the sins which are committed.  For his power and goodness are so great and incomprehensible, that he orders and executes his work in the most excellent and just manner, even then, when devils and wicked men act unjustly.  …”  Belgic Confession.

“Q. 10. Will God suffer such disobedience and rebellion to go unpunished?

 A. By no means;  but is terribly displeased with our original as well as actual sins;  and will punish them in His just judgment temporally and eternally, as He hath declared, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”  Heidelberg Catechism.

“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.

Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised and yet uncircumcised— Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples;  for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart.”  Jeremiah 9:23-26.

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