19 November 2005

God's Plan Cannot Fail

The story of the Ten Plagues is an amazing one in Biblical history. Among many other important theological points, Moses seems to emphasize Yahweh's sovereignty over the heart of Pharoah. Yahweh announces his plan to Moses in Exodus 4:21-23. He will harden Pharoah's heart so that he will refuse to release the Israelites from slavery. Although there is some debate on the grammar, it seems that God is further elaborating on this same plan in Exodus 9:16, when he says, "But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." That Yahweh works out his plan through Pharaoh's stupid, stubborn, and culpable autonomy is seen in the "just as the LORD had said" clauses sprinkled throughout these chapters (Exod 7:13, 7:22, 8:15, 8:19, 9:12, 9:35, and 11:9). That his plan was finally accomplished is seen in the Canaanites' fear of the Israelites in Joshua 2:9-11 (Cf. Exod 15:15-16).

This is only one example in the Scriptures of how God uses even the rebellion of men to accomplish his purposes. The epitome is Christ's crucifixion. It was the nadir of human wickedness to put to death the Lord of Life; the zenith of God's plan to bring life from his death (Acts 2:23, Acts 4:28).

If everything, even those who oppose God, serves to accomplish his plan, then his plan cannot fail (Eph 1:11).

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