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God’s rule over history – Jeremiah 33.14-18
Posted: 5 May 2011 in Jeremiah

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The LORD our righteousness. For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.

To me this passage speaks of the way in which God’s purposes will always be realised. Elsewhere in the Bible there are any number of examples where people rebel against God’s rule, and thereby bring judgment upon themselves, but who nevertheless help (unintentionally) to bring his will to fruition.

Have Abraham’s descendents been promised that they will dwell in the land of ancient Palestine? Then, in spite of the Babylonian captivity, it will come to pass. Has a Messiah, who will be a descendent of David, been promised? Then that too will come to pass. It will do so, not because there was anything special or holy about Abraham’s descendents – clearly there was not – but because the Lord of history has decreed, from all eternity, that it should come to pass.

God does not leave the course of history to happenstance, nor does he leave it in the hands of sinful men, but retains full control of it himself, and directs the steps of men according to the good plasure of his own will.

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