Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 13, 2018

“I will accomplish all My good pleasure”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 7:24-30.

“When the messengers of John had left, He began to speak to the crowds about John, “What did you go out into the wilderness to see?  A reed shaken by the wind?  But what did you go out to see?  A man dressed in soft clothing?  Those who are splendidly clothed and live in luxury are found in royal palaces!  But what did you go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, I say to you, and one who is more than a prophet.  This is the one about whom it is written,

‘BEHOLD, I SEND MY MESSENGER AHEAD OF YOU,
WHO WILL PREPARE YOUR WAY BEFORE YOU.’

I say to you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John;  yet he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”  When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.  But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.”  Luke 7:24-30.

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God planned everything out according to His purpose.

God chose some for salvation.  

“…  God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-29.

“…  He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.  In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,”  Ephesians 1:4-5.

“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.”  Romans 9:15-16.

And, God chose some to be vessels of wrath prepared for destruction.

“The Lord has made everything for its own purpose,
Even the wicked for the day of evil.”  Proverbs 16:4.

“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?  What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?  And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.”  Romans 9:21-24.

God sent John the Baptist, His messenger, to prepare the way for Jesus by leading people to repentance and humility and pointing to One who would come after him.  “John answered and said to them all, “As for me, I baptize you with water;  but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals;  He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”  Luke 3:16.  “Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  Acts 19:4.

“When all the people and the tax collectors heard this, they acknowledged God’s justice, having been baptized with the baptism of John.”  Verse 29. 

The repentant and humble acknowledge God’s justice.  

“8 Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.”  Psalm 25:8-9.

“But the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected God’s purpose for themselves, not having been baptized by John.”  Verse 30.

The unrepentant and proud may think their alleged free-will is in control.  They may think that they rejected and escaped God’s purpose for themselves.  

“2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:2-3.

But, God remains in total perfect control of everything and accomplishes all of His good pleasure.    

“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.”
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger

And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Psalm 2:4-6.

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

“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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