Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 16, 2016

“Ephraim also is the helmet of My head; Judah is My scepter. “Moab is My washbowl; Over Edom I shall throw My shoe”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 60.

“O God, You have rejected us.  You have broken us;
You have been angry;  O, restore us.
2 You have made the land quake, You have split it open;
Heal its breaches, for it totters.
3 You have made Your people experience hardship;
You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.
4 You have given a banner to those who fear You,
That it may be displayed because of the truth.  Selah.
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer us!

6 God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will exult, I will portion out Shechem and measure out the valley of Succoth.
7 “Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;
Judah is My scepter.
“Moab is My washbowl;
Over Edom I shall throw My shoe;
Shout loud, O Philistia, because of Me!”

9 Who will bring me into the besieged city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us?
And will You not go forth with our armies, O God?
11 O give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
12 Through God we shall do valiantly,
And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.”  Psalm chapter 60.

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“… Ephraim also is the helmet of My head;
Judah is My scepter.
8 “Moab is My washbowl;
Over Edom I shall throw My shoe …”  Verses 7-8.

In using this figurative language, God makes claim over all parts of His creation and yet sharply distinguishes Ephraim and Judah (parts of Israel) for honorable use (helmet and scepter) from Moab and Edom (not part of Israel) for common use (washbowl and shoe rack).  By which, we see the sovereignty of God that reminds us of the following Romans 9:21.

“Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”  Romans 9:21.

Other doctrine sees no distinction between God’s people and the rest of the people.

But, Reformed Doctrine sees the distinction in its point of “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

There is the elect of God whom are the beloved of God.

“That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and answer us!”  Verse 5.

Other doctrine teaches that God loves everybody, Christ died for everybody, and the only distinction between those who are saved and those who are not saved is that the people who are saved take some action themselves to deliver themselves whether it be works or will (alleged free-will choice of Christ).

But, we read in today’s Scripture that “… deliverance by man is in vain.”  Verse 11.

“O give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.”  Verse 11.

“For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.  For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.”  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.”  Romans 9:15-18.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that for God’s elect, His beloved, God will do everything that is necessary to save them from the very beginning to the very end:  from the very beginning of His “Unconditional Election” through His “Limited Atonement” through His “Irresistible Grace” to the very end of His “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

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