- Jul 31, 2013
Why did they choose the ways of their fathers who killed the prophets? They did not like the message of redemption because they would by necessity need to confess their need to be redeemed. Not unlike many today who will not admit their need to be saved because they value their own righteousness equal to that of Christ.
He quotes the word given to Isaiah, that they were blinded by God, lest they turn and He would heal them. Paul says the same thing, explaining that this was God's will in order that His purpose in election might be fulfilled, and He might save not only a remnant from Israel but from the whole world, the Gentiles being brought in in order to provoke the Jews to jealousy.
In the scripture God's sovereign will bring carried out in individuals and in nations exists simultaneously with man's free and culpable agency - IMO we're stupid to interject out own human thinking and say it must be one only and not the other. This is a marvelous thing that God does, that man cannot do, and we ought to wonder over it instead of bickering about it as though His ways are down here in the level of ours and we comprehend them.
He put eternity in our hearts, but hidden, so that we could not know it.
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