Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 15, 2017

“The Rock! His work is perfect, … A God of faithfulness”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah 63:7-19.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+63&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

I shall make mention of the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, the praises of the Lord,
According to all that the Lord has granted us,
And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
Which He has granted them according to His compassion
And according to the abundance of His lovingkindnesses.
For He said, “Surely, they are My people,
Sons who will not deal falsely.”
So He became their Savior.
In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the angel of His presence saved them;
In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,
And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
10 But they rebelled
And grieved His Holy Spirit;
Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy,
He fought against them.
11 Then His people remembered the days of old, of Moses.
Where is He who brought them up out of the sea with the shepherds of His flock?
Where is He who put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them,
12 Who caused His glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses,
Who divided the waters before them to make for Himself an everlasting name,
13 Who led them through the depths?
Like the horse in the wilderness, they did not stumble;
14 As the cattle which go down into the valley,
The Spirit of the Lord gave them rest.
So You led Your people,
To make for Yourself a glorious name.”   Isaiah 63:7-14.

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…  In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,
And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.
10 But they rebelled
And grieved His Holy Spirit;
Therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy,
He fought against them.”  Verses 9-10.

Despite receiving many good things and deliverances from their enemies and other troubles from the LORD, Israel rebelled against the LORD.

We have seen this story of Israel repeated over and over again through Scripture.  And, there is a lesson for us to learn.

Israel’s rebellion does not make sense to other doctrine which believes in man’s wisdom, man’s goodness, and man’s alleged free-will.

But, Israel’s rebellion does make sense to Reformed Doctrine which believes in the “Total Depravity” of man.

Other doctrine clings to man’s wisdom, man’s goodness, and man’s alleged free-will.  

But, Reformed Doctrine clings to God providing all that is necessary for salvation from the beginning to the end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation. 

If salvation is dependent even the littlest bit on man’s wisdom, man’s goodness, and man’s alleged free-will, then salvation will not be received.

But, if salvation is only dependent on the work and faithfulness of God, then salvation will be received.

“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.   

The Rock!  His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.”  Deuteronomy 32:4.

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