(1) That God will accomplish all the purposes of which he designs to make wicked people the instruments. "Their" schemes shall be successful just so far as they may contribute to "his" plans, and no further.
(2) When that is done, they are completely in "his" power, and under his control. He can stay their goings when he pleases, and subdue them to his will.
(3) The fact that they have been made to further the plans of God, and to execute his designs, will not free them from deserved punishment. They meant not so; and they will be dealt with according to "their" intentions, and not according to God's design to overrule them. "Their" plans were wicked; and if God brings good out of them, it is contrary to "their" intention; and hence, they are not to be screened from punishment because he brings good out of their plans, contrary to their designs.
(4) Wicked people "are in fact" often thus punished. Nothing is more common on earth; and all the woes of hell will be an illustration of the principle. Out of all evil God shall educe good; and even from the punishment of the damned themselves, he will take occasion to illustrate his own perfections, and, in that display of his just character, promote the happiness of holy beings.” (from “Barnes Notes on the Bible”)
- Proverbs 16:18; 29:23
- Obadiah 1:2-16
- Psalm 10
- II Kings 19:20-34
- The king of Assyria... and the people of Assyria, turned away from God. They decided they were better off on their own. They were stronger than God.
- The people were still living as if God didn't have any power in their lives. They were living as if THEY were the powerful ones. And to that... God said “Should I not punish them for this?... Should I not avenge myself against such a nation?” (Jeremiah 5:28)
- “But can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it? Is the saw greater than the person who saws? Can a rod strike unless a hand moves it? Can a wooden cane walk by itself?”
- And why is He doing all this? Because they were prideful and boasting in their own power and significance.
- He promoted the three to higher positions. He then sent out a message to “the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world.” Doesn't say just his country, or nation. But rather, the WORLD. This experience with God made an impact in this man's heart.
- Psalm 73
- Jeremiah 13:15-27
- Mark 7:14-23