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What the Bible says about God's Sovereignty over the Nations
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Jeremiah 51:11

God stirred up the spirit of quite a number of people to set the Medo-Persians at war against Babylon to take away its authority and destroy it. God is Sovereign in His creation. He has the last word, and in most every case, He had the first word as well. He does things on His own initiative, because He knows the exact direction for which He is heading, yet He seems to give nations a great deal of latitude within the purpose He is working out. There are times, though, that He needs to tweak events to return them to the purpose and timing in which He wants them to occur. He then stirs up the spirit of the man He chooses to make those changes. He interfaces with him, and he may not even be aware it is happening. The history books record that Cyrus said the same words about Marduk that he said about the true God of heaven, suggesting that he attributed his inspiration to his false god. Cyrus was not converted, so he probably did not know that God was stirring up his spirit to do this.

John W. Ritenbaugh
The Holy Spirit and the Trinity (Part Three)

Lamentations 2:1-9

Jeremiah is the likely author of Lamentations, writing after reflecting on the devastation of Jerusalem following the invasion of Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian army. A number of prophets, Jeremiah being the most obvious, had thoroughly warned the Jews for many years. God even raised up a righteous king, Josiah, to provide godly governmental and religious leadership, but it was to no avail because the people were not truly repentant and sincere in any changes they made. The changes were only on the surface, not reaching their hearts, so idolatry—especially—continued to rage unabated.

The chapter continues with more of the same, leaving no doubt at all that God was directly responsible for His reaction to their sins. Jerusalem's devastation did not merely happen randomly in the course of history. God was directly involved. He brought on the horrific fear and pain. It was His warnings through the prophets that were ignored because they did not fear the Lord and did not truly believe that they were answerable to Him.

John W. Ritenbaugh
Fully Accepting God's Sovereignty (Part One)


 




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