Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 21, 2017

“For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 49:7-22.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+49&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

Edom will become an object of horror;  everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss at all its wounds.  Like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah with its neighbors,” says the Lord, “no one will live there, nor will a son of man reside in it.  Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thickets of the Jordan against a perennially watered pasture;  for in an instant I will make him run away from it, and whoever is chosen I shall appoint over it.  For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court?  And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

Therefore hear the plan of the Lord which He has planned against Edom, and His purposes which He has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman:  surely they will drag them off, even the little ones of the flock;  surely He will make their pasture desolate because of them.  The earth has quaked at the noise of their downfall.  There is an outcry!  The noise of it has been heard at the Red Sea.  Behold, He will mount up and swoop like an eagle and spread out His wings against Bozrah;  and the hearts of the mighty men of Edom in that day will be like the heart of a woman in labor.”  Jeremiah 49:17-22.

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“The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.”  Psalm 103:19.

The LORD refutes those who believe that He is subject to something or someone by proclaiming in verse 19:  “For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court?  And who then is the shepherd who can stand against Me?”

The LORD is the One Who summons and judges and punishes.

“The Mighty One, God, the Lord, has spoken,
And summoned the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God has shone forth.
May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him.
He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people:
“Gather My godly ones to Me,
Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens declare His righteousness,
For God Himself is judge.  Selah.”  Psalm 50:1-6.

Other doctrine present a god who is subject to something or someone and who reacts to man’s alleged free-will.

Reformed Doctrine presents the God of Scripture Who subjects all to His rule and Who initiates and accomplishes all of His will.

Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said,

“Now gird up your loins like a man;
I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
“Will you really annul My judgment?
Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
“Or do you have an arm like God,
And can you thunder with a voice like His?

10 “Adorn yourself with eminence and dignity,
And clothe yourself with honor and majesty.
11 “Pour out the overflowings of your anger,
And look on everyone who is proud, and make him low.
12 “Look on everyone who is proud, and humble him,
And tread down the wicked where they stand.
13 “Hide them in the dust together;
Bind them in the hidden place.
14 “Then I will also confess to you,
That your own right hand can save you.”  Job 40:6-14.

“Then Job answered the Lord and said,

“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”  Job 42:1-2.

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