Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight …

In Nehemiah 4, we come to two statements which contain elements of God’s awesome power and sovereignty, and also elements of our responsibility.  The setting is the rebuilding of the wall and the fierce opposition from the enemies of the Jews.  In verse 9 we read: And we prayed to our God and set a … More Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight …

Piper on Ezra: “Massively hope-giving”

John Piper, in “A Hunger for God” p 166: Israel had been taken into Babylonian exile. They had been there for decades. Now the time had come, in God’s reckoning, for their restoration. But how could this happen? They were a tiny, obscure ethnic minority in the massive Persian empire. The answer is that God rules empires. And when … More Piper on Ezra: “Massively hope-giving”

Ahaziah and Ahab. Both corrupt. Both under God’s ultimate rule.

2 Chronicles 22:7  “But it was ordained by God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram.” Ahaziah decided to join  Joram, king of Israel, in order to try to  recapture Ramoth-gilead from Hazael, king of Syria.  He had advisors that encouraged him to do this.  A few years prior to this, Jehoshaphat had … More Ahaziah and Ahab. Both corrupt. Both under God’s ultimate rule.

Checkmate: Ahab, Jehoshaphat and God’s sovereignty

From the ESV Study Bible: 2 Chron. 18:28–34 Ahab is enticed into battle, as the spirit had promised (v. 20). His decision to disguise himself, while rather cynically directing Jehoshaphat to wear his royal robes, indicates his dominant role in the alliance and perhaps also represents a contrived attempt to evade Micaiah’s word of doom. But events turn out … More Checkmate: Ahab, Jehoshaphat and God’s sovereignty

Checkmate: God’s sovereign direction of events

From the ESV Study Bible: 2 Chron. 18:28–34 Ahab is enticed into battle, as the spirit had promised (v. 20). His decision to disguise himself, while rather cynically directing Jehoshaphat to wear his royal robes, indicates his dominant role in the alliance and perhaps also represents a contrived attempt to evade Micaiah’s word of doom. But events turn out … More Checkmate: God’s sovereign direction of events