Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 24, 2019

“In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 7:17-22.

“But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, until THERE AROSE ANOTHER KING OVER EGYPT WHO KNEW NOTHING ABOUT JOSEPH.  It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would expose their infants and they would not survive.  It was at this time that Moses was born;  and he was lovely in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home.  And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and nurtured him as her own son.  Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds.”   Acts 7:17-22.

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We do not know why God did not save all those infants.

But, we know that God saved Moses and that Moses “was lovely in the sight of God”.

We can use today’s Scripture to meditate on election.

“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”  Deuteronomy 7:7-8.

“Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.”  Deuteronomy 10:15.

“The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”  Jeremiah 31:3.

“just as 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.

“But it is not as though the word of God has failed.  For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;  nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but:  “THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED.”  That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.  For this is the word of promise:  “AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON.”  And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac;  for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.”  Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU O HATED.”  Romans 9:6-13.

Thus, from all these Scriptures, we can understand that Moses (compared to the rest of the infants) did not somehow deserve salvation from God, because of anything that Moses did nor even because he was lovely in appearance.  God chose Moses for salvation, “so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls”.  This is “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as more fully taught in the Canons of Dordt.

“What shall we say then?  There is no injustice with God, is there?  May it never be!  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 9:14-16.


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