Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 27, 2019

“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 7:35-43.

I quote only the following verses.

“This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘WHO MADE YOU A RULER AND A JUDGE?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush.  This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years.  This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN.’  This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers;  and he received living oracles to pass on to you.  Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, SAYING TO AARON, ‘MAKE FOR US GODS WHO WILL GO BEFORE US;  FOR THIS MOSES WHO LED US OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT—we do not know what happened to him.’  At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.  But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven;  as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘IT WAS NOT TO ME THAT YOU OFFERED VICTIMS AND SACRIFICES FORTY YEARS IN THE WILDERNESS, WAS IT, O HOUSE OF ISRAEL?  YOU ALSO TOOK ALONG THE TABERNACLE OF MOLOCH AND THE STAR OF THE GOD OF ROMPHA, THE IMAGES WHICH YOU MADE TO WORSHIP.  I ALSO WILL REMOVE YOU BEYOND BABYLON.’”  Acts 7:35-43.

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“At that time they made a calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands.”  Verse 41.

There is a sharp contrast between those who rejoice in the works of their hands and those who rejoice in the works of God.

Other doctrine rejoices in the works of their hands whether it be their works or their will which they believe distinguish themselves worthy of salvation.

But, Reformed Doctrine rejoices in the works of God including God providing all that is necessary for salvation from beginning to the end.

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;  and these whom He predestined, He also called;  and these whom He called, He also justified;  and these whom He justified, He also glorified.”  Romans 8:28-30.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that because of the natural condition of man which it labels as “Total Depravity” (namely, that man is dead in sin, man does not truly understand nor seek after God, man is hostile to God, and man is enslaved to sin and Satan), man needs God to provide everything for salvation from beginning to end:  from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, as more fully set forth in the Canons of Dordt.

Today’s Scripture and other Scripture warns us about trusting in man.

“But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven …”  Verse 42.

“Thus says the LORD,
“Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.”  Jeremiah 17:5.

“Because they do not regard the works of the LORD
Nor the deeds of His hands,
He will tear them down and not build them up.”  Psalm 28:5.

In sharp contrast, Scripture teaches us about the blessing of trusting in God.

“7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
8 “For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7-8.

“For You, O LORD, have made me glad by what You have done,
I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.”  Psalm 92:4.


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