Evil intentions....becoming the greatest blessing of all time

Glenn Addington By Glenn Addington, 20th Mar 2018 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When the Jewish leaders sought to have Jesus crucified, they were certain that He would die a shamed man, and would soon be forgotten.

Nature's testimony to God's creative power and imagination

There are many wonders in nature that bear witness to God's creative power and imagination. The changing of an unsightly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly is certainly a marvel. One plant, found in the American Southwest, called Ocotillo, grows with a long stem, having pairs of leaves growing opposite each other up and down the stem. During the dry season, they fall off. But within twenty-four hours after a good rain, they are all back, full-sized and fully formed.

God's special experiences for two Old Testament characters

In scripture, God chose to give a voice to the erring prophet Balaam's donkey to help him get back on the right track. And God would allow another erring prophet, Jonah, to endure three days in the belly of the great fish in order to make him think again about the commission God had given him.

The intended evil, and the ultimate outcome

Deuteronomy , chapter 21, ends with instructions on burial of those who had been hanged. Deuteronomy 21:22-23 "If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God)."
When the Jewish leaders had the opportunity to crucify Jesus, they had these verses in mind. They were certain that if the people were reminded of these verses, they would conclude that Jesus was not someone to be remembered or revered, but rather disdained and forgotten. He had died a criminal's death. His life and ministry would become forgotten history, because of the belief that He had been cursed by God because of having been crucified.
But God chose this as the ultimate means for atoning for mankind's sin. The Old Testament speaks of blood sacrifices to atone for sin, to bring about the forgiveness of sin. And the writer of Hebrews reminds us of this: Hebrews 9:22 " And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness ."
That which symbolized a curse came to signify the great love of Him who died to redeem us from the curse of the Old Testament law and the sin which had estranged us from God.


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author avatar Glenn Addington
I am an American, former Viet Nam veteran, and a Christian, living in East Tennessee. I am now retired and am pursuing a writing career. I would welcome writing assignments.

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