Jehovah presents the Lord Jesus, as the eternal God, without beginning or end. He is the great "I AM" of all time and eternity, wonderfully in charge of all His creation, working all things after the counsel of His own will. Here we look at our Savior's claim to be Jehovah, the light of the world, as the only One in Whom way we can see the light and the only final answer to the overwhelming darkness of sin and rebellion that has brought and will bring such disaster to this fallen world.
The transfer from Elijah to Elisha that takes place when Elijah is taken up into heaven in a great storm demonstrates that it is not the person that is behind the office or its power but God. God endures beyond His instruments or even eras of history!
Our Proverb is the basis for the truth behind the old saying, "Birds of a feather flock together." It's a warning not to BE the wicked doer described here, but also a warning about associating with folks who fit that description, as well.
Also Reference: 1 Corinthians 5:11
The Lord's Jubilee (50th year, double sabbath year) was to be of the utmost importance. It was on one hand an event to be looked toward and on the other celebrated with faith and delight. Jubilee stands for freedom for the land, for persons, for those who are burdened. It is actually this last part we want to look at the most today, because so many in our culture need this. So many need to be told it is going to be okay. It's our turn for Jubilee.
This is our third message in our 2 Corinthians Series called "Strength for Weak Christians" titled, "The Church Established by God." In this message we consider our subject under these headings 1) The Church's Second Grace, 2) The Church's YES, and 3) The Church's Establishment by God. As always I claim no originality, but will cite, quote, refer to various sources including, Naylor, Ortlund, Denny, Philip E. Hughes, R. Kent Hughes, Kistemaker, and others.
When studying God one quickly has to answer challenging questions. How far does God's authority extend? How much of what happens in this world is God responsible for? For those who take Scripture seriously God's eternal decree cannot be avoided. Paul sums up what the entire Bible reveals: God "works all things according to the counsel of his will" (Eph. 1:11). You must believe that. And in the abstract, for God to be sovereign is just what anyone might expect.
But the teaching gets hard when we apply it to specifics. How does God's sovereignty relate to evil in this world? Does God's decree undermine human responsibility? Is the eternal punishment of the wicked really God's will? Clearly "this high mystery … must be handled with special prudence and care." We must "deal with this teaching in a godly and reverent manner … with a view to the glory of God's name, holiness of life, and the comfort of anxious souls." We must study God's decrees honestly, humbly, and submissively.