Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 14, 2015

“I will accomplish all My good pleasure’; Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man of My purpose from a far country.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 36.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+36&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“15 The Lord, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;  16 but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, until there was no remedy. 17 Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or infirm;  He gave them all into his hand.  18 All the articles of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his officers, he brought them all to Babylon.  19 Then they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all its fortified buildings with fire and destroyed all its valuable articles.  20 Those who had escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon;  and they were servants to him and to his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its sabbaths.  All the days of its desolation it kept sabbath until seventy years were complete.

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia—in order to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah—the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he sent a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 23 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia, ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.  Whoever there is among you of all His people, may the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!’”  2 Chronicles 36:15-23.

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God’s sovereignty is vividly displayed in today’s Scripture.

God raised up messengers to warn His people.  Verse 15.

God raised up the king of the Chaldeans to punish those who continually mocked His messengers, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets.  Verses 16-21.

God raised up Cyrus king of Persia to release His people from captivity.  Verses 22-23.

“6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 “The Lord makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.”  1 Samuel 2:6-7.

“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.

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