Sunday, March 11, 2007

It seems to me that Deuteronomy 28:36 is a good verse to recognize in understanding God's sovereignty:

Deuteronomy 28:36-37 36 "The LORD will bring you and your king, whom you shall set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone. 37 "And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a taunt among all the people where the LORD will drive you.

We know that from this text, The Lord is prophesying that Israel will have a king (monarchy) in about four hundred years and how they will be driven out of their land. Later in the chapter, Moses writes...

Deuteronomy 28:63-64 63 "And it shall come about that as the LORD delighted over you to prosper you, and multiply you, so the LORD will delight over you to make you perish and destroy you; and you shall be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it. 64 "Moreover, the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known.

Though Yahweh will exile his people from their homeland (Assyria, 722 BC; and Babylon, 586 BC), Moses writes in quoting the Lord that he will take delight in doing this. Ultimately, the Lord exiled his people for his ultimate delight and glory. How? We do not have all of the answers, but we know that God brings glory to himself in all that he does.

May we never forget this as we go through our lives day to day struggling with trials, temptations, discouragements and tribulations. God is bringing himself glory.

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