Deuteronomy 2.30-33 – History and its ultimate end.
Posted: 6 October 2014 in Deuteronomy

But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land. Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. And the Lord our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people.

The above verses describe the way in which human volition and divine intention are both present in human history, and it is the latter which determines the former. God does not merely react to the events, as if we were jointly the lords of history. He determines events in accordance with his divine plan. As far back as the time of Abraham, God had promised to give to Israel the land it is now about to possess. If these events had been observed by somebody without faith, he would have seen only two groups of combatants at war, with the Israelites being triumphant. They were triumphant, but the victory was in the first place God’s; not theirs. We, with the light revelation illuminating history, know that there is more involved in history than serendipity.

What was true then, is true today, and God is always present, guiding history to its ultimate conclusion. The return of Christ will witness God’s final victory over his enemies and the salvation of his saints. All things tend towards the glory of God.

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