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Who Knows the Hearts of All

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“Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.” (Acts 16). In other words, the betrayal of Jesus was a sovereign act of God, ordained to come to pass through God’s plan revealed in the Scripture. God chose a man who became the catalyst for Jesus’ arrest. This shows God’s rulership over even the discreet events of life.

“You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” (Acts 1:24-25). Here God’s sovereign omniscience is even more clear. God knows the hearts of everyone, all our thoughts and motivations. And God is the one who chooses who will replace Judas among the eleven disciples. Yes, the disciples rolled dice to find out who it would be, but they understood that how the dice landed was under God’s sovereign control. 

Some might argue that, of course, God was sovereign over these events, because they were crucial to His redemptive plan, but God does not so govern the day-to-day events of all men’s lives everywhere. And it’s true that these Scriptures do not concern themselves with that question. But if God is sovereign over the roll of a dice and over who will betray Jesus and who will replace the betrayer, why should we think he is uninvolved in other events in His redemptive plan? Would he leave them to some other lesser power, ultimately?



Written by Michael Duenes

April 28, 2015 at 4:42 am

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