Full of the Sovereignty of God

2 Chronicles is full of the sovereignty of God, even over against the supposed highest men in the world, the kings of Israel.  Take 2 Chronicles 18:22, for instance:

Now, therefore, behold, the LORD has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of these your prophets, for the LORD has proclaimed disaster against you.

Notice three things:

  1. The LORD, and note merely the spirit himself in verse 20, purposely placed the deceiving spirit in the mouths of the Ahab’s prophets. God can do this. He can and does sovereingly deceive people by telling them what they want to hear (18:7,12,17).
  2. The LORD proclaimed disaster against Ahab. He may and does certainly do this as well. As Amos 3:6 says, “When calamity (or “evil”) befalls a city, has not the LORD done it?” God is the only King and kingdom to whom God owes allegiance.
  3. The logic of the verse is explicit. God does His righteous, deceiving work because God has purposed to bring His righteous disaster against Ahab. God is sovereign, good, and righteous to bring Ahab disaster, and He is sovereign, good, and righteous to bring it through a false spirit.  God’s ways are therefore not aimless, but have a good and holy purpose, even when we may not understand the ways themselves.

Let us stand for a moment in awe of the wonder and mystery of God! How He upholds kings and brings them down! How He works for the truth yet sends the deception we deserve! How gracious He is to give us any truth at all!  Let none blame God for verses like 2 Chronicles 18:22, yet all marvel!


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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