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God's sovereignty over evil

Posted by Stephen Witmer on February 10th, 2019

We saw in Sunday’s sermon on Isaiah 10 that the nation of Assyria is ‘sent’ by God to bring judgment upon His sinful people. Assyria is a rod in His hand. But also, at the very same time, Assyria is acting in selfish, sinful pride — and God declares that He will punish Assyria for their sin. God is sovereign and humans are responsible. Assyria fulfills God’s decretive will, his sovereign, hidden will. And they simultaneous disobey his preceptive will, his revealed, moral will. I mentioned that there are many instances in Scripture of this distinction between God’s sovereign will and his moral will. One such instance is Genesis 50. In this video, John Piper walks us through Genesis 50.16-21. Check it out. I think you’ll find it really helpful.