Exodus 11.9-10 and 1 Chron 15.1-2 – God’s control of history.
Posted: 23 July 2012 in 1 Chronicles, Exodus

And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.

And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

The Bible seems to be crystal clear about two things. One is that history is directly under the control of God – and so the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart is attributed to him. The second is that we, like Pharaoh, will nevertheless still be held accountable for our sins. That is clearly a hard truth for us, but if it is the will of God, then it is good that it should be so, because his will is the standard against which everything else must be judged. It is not for us to question his will, and if we would be wise, we wouldn’t even try.

In the second of the two passages quoted above, David doesn’t question God’s electing grace, in choosing one tribe of Levi alone to be his ministers, but simply recognises it for the fact that it is.

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