Is God Sovereign Over Sin?

Disclaimer: For those late to the party, I’m reading all of the Bible in a year and my friend Bryan has invited me to blog about it.  The intention was to start in June because the readings are mapped June-May, but I was out of the country for a bit and wasn’t able to get things off the ground.  So, for now I’m doing two readings a day to catch up.

Daily Scripture readings for June, reading set #6:

– Genesis, chapters 15-17
– Psalm, chapter 6
– Matthew 3:13-17
– Acts 4:1-22

Genesis 15:6 is a verse the apostle Paul uses heavily in his Romans chapter 4 argument, and it’s interesting to read it in its original context.

Acts 4:19-20 is a compelling statement from the apostle Peter, and one that I need to remind myself of constantly: “Whether it is right to listen to you rather than to God you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

Readings for June, set #7:

– Genesis, chapters 18-20
– Psalm, chapter 7
– Matthew 4:1-11
– Acts 4:23-37

Genesis 20 finds God calling Abimelech to account for taking Abraham’s wife to be his own wife, and Abimelech pleads innocence because Abraham had lied to him by claiming that Sarah was only his sister. God then drops this astounding statement: “Yes, I know that you have done this in the integrity of your heart, and it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her” (vs 6).  So, it seems God held Abimelech back from sin that he apparently would have otherwise committed. Does God do this with all sin, or only Abimelech’s? Does God do this for all of Abimelech’s sin, or only this one instance? The text doesn’t answer these questions, but it certainly shows God’s ability and willingness to intervene in such a way.

Furthermore, we see in Matthew 4 that Jesus is led… “BY THE SPIRIT into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (vs 1).

Then, Acts 4:27-28 contains a very direct statement regarding God’s sovereignty over sinful actions: “For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.” Does God’s sovereignty extend to any/all of Herod and Pilate’s actions, or only those pertaining to Jesus’ death? Peter’s statement doesn’t answer that question, but it does make absolutely clear that, regarding Jesus’ death, Herod and Pilate do exactly what God has decided they will do.

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