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Isaiah 45.7 & Luke 4.24-27
The implications of divine sovereignty
Posted: 19 August 2010 in Isaiah, Luke

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”

“And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.”

Isaiah 45.7 is one of the few places in the Bible where the logical consequences of monotheism are spoken out loud; namely that an omnipotent God must ultimately be responsible for the existence of both good and evil. Furthermore, the passage from Luke makes it clear that God will only intervene to prevent evil, or alleviate it consequences, when it suits his wider purposes to do so.

It is easy to see why the above can make Christians feel uncomfortable, but it is simply a matter of historical fact that God has allowed some horrendous evils to exist in furtherance of his eternal purposes. Again, we are his creatures, and he is the Creator, so this in no way implies that we are in a position to sit in judgment upon the God who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will (Ephesians 1.11).

It is, instead, for us to bow before the God who is Lord of all things.

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