Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thesis 47: God’s Sovereign Ordering of Every State

The decisions of all kings and other political leaders are under the complete sovereign control of God. Even political and military decisions which are patently lawless and work great evil and injustice are predestined by God[1] and serve His purposes (#49). God hardens the hearts of Pharaohs and other political gods[2] so that their empires would be destroyed in judgment[3] and so that God’s covenant promises of cursing upon disobedience would be fulfilled.[4] All imperial acts are calculated and predestined by God for the execution of God’s judgment and His Kingdom purposes.[5]

1. Proverbs 16:4; Isaiah 45:7; Jeremiah 4:6; 21:10; Amos 3:6; 9:4; Micah 2:3
2. Romans 9:17; see Who Hardened Pharaoh's Heart?
3. Luke 1:52-53; #46 note 5
4. Exodus 7:3-5; #9
5. 1 Chronicles 5:26; Proverbs 21:1; Isaiah 40:23

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