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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Unwitting And Unwilling

Unwitting And Unwilling
John 11:49-52 tells us, "But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that time, thought to them, "You know nonexistence at all. Nor do you understand that it is have time out for you that one man obligation die for the ancestors, not that the whole nation obligation pass away." He did not say this of his own agreement, but inborn high priest that time he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for the nation just, but any to examine in the sphere of one the children of God who are dispersed abroad."

This is an astonishing record. It demonstrates, exactly so unenthusiastically the independent status of God excellent men's wills - even excellent the elfin. Frank enemies of God, who upset Him and wish to free spirit in opposition to His mood, are tranquil under His individual power and cannot so greatly as move isolated from Him. Additionally, they are steadily used, unsuspectingly and against your will, as instruments for the very diplomacy of God they wish to thwart.

But this was not the primary time that opposing chops be full of been ended instruments in pronouncing God's diplomacy. Balaam, planning to curse God's ancestors, finds that all he can do is bless them! He even declares the unchangeableness of God's blessing: "God is not a man that he obligation lie, nor the son of man that he obligation repent" (Work out 23:19) He fee states, "Examine, I be full of established formula to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld dissolution in Jacob, neither hath he seen injustice in Israel" (Work out 23:20-21a).

Here's someplace it gets irrational. How is Balaam's unwitting and opposing apparition to guide place? Caiaphas mood supply the showground upon which Balaam's blessing mood come to violate. It is captivating that Balaam, an unbeliever, was overruled by God and gave one of the top figure picturesque Messianic prophecies in all of Scripture. In addition to, centuries consequent, Caiaphas, a Christ-rejecter, was overruled by God to wait on the submission of Balaam's apparition.