Ezekiel 14.9-10 and Psalm 33.14-15 – The Paradox of Predestination
Posted: 25 June 2012 in Ezekiel, Psalms

And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;

From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.

Both of the above passages contain a thought which the biblical writers seem to have taken for granted, but which modern man has great trouble in accepting. Namely that the actions of all men are both directly under the providential control of God, but that men nevertheless are morally responsible for their deeds. In God’s eyes sin is always culpable, and will always bring judgment upon the sinner. That is also something the inspired Word of God makes perfectly clear. Here, of course, is a paradox which would do any quantum physicist proud. But both physicist and theologian are required to live with their respective paradoxes. Unlike the physicist, however, there is no chance that the theologian will ever have his paradox resolved, because it is something which lies buried deeply within the mystery of God. It is revealed to us, but not explained.

Jesus told his disciples to address God as their Father, and for those chosen to be God’s cildren – those who were born of God (John 1.13) – that is an approprite appelation. But perhaps we can guess that predestination exists, at least in part, so that we can tremble before the God who is Lord, thereby giving him the fear and reverence which is his due. And lest we forget that, in addition to being Father of his children, he is also the Lord of all Creation – disposing all things according to the good counsel of his own will.

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