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Deuteronomy 11.1-4 – Divine foreordination and worship in heaven
Posted: 19 March 2013 in Deuteronomy

Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm, And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land; And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord hath destroyed them unto this day;

I suppose one reaction to the above passage might be that God’s dealings with the Egyptians was a bit tough on the Egyptians, wasn’t it? On the other hand, a theme which runs throughout the entire Bible is that God has his chosen people, whom he will bring to salvation, and there are others, whom he chooses not to. It is said a couple of chapters earlier that there was nothing in the Israelites which earned them the privelege of being God’s chosen people:

Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (Deut 9.5)

Had there been anything in the Israelites which earned them the status of being God’s elect, then I suppose there would have been an irresistable temptation for them to go around, preening themselves on their righteousness. Which would have been a bit ironic, given their subsequent hisory – and the prophets’ constant protest against their sin and idolatry.

And that might be why God preordained the fall. Nothing happens by accident in God’s creation, and least of all a catastrophe like that. To suppose that it could have happened without divine intention is to postulate a fairly in competent god – in lower case because such a god is certainly not the God of the Bible. God had (and has) no wish to be surrounded in eternity by creatures who think that God owed them their salvation; instead of them owing him absolutely everything – even their very lives – and owing him an infinite debt, which they cannot repay. Thereby is God, in his absolute majesty, and sovereign freedom, to be worshipped and glorified forever.

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