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A friend of mine who is a baptist associate pastor in Beautiful Door County Wisconsin, sent me a sermon entitled “Know the Landowner”. You can see the entire sermon here, but I was most interested in this section (regarding 1 Kings 14-16).

Jeroboam was the first king of
Israel (after the kingdom divides). He was a wicked king. So God, through a prophet, tells him that because of his evil ways that God is going to destroy his house, meaning that he is going to kill all of Jeroboam’s descendents. When Jeroboam dies, his son Nadab becomes king, but after only two years he is killed by a man named Baasha, who then takes the throne. And then—not surprisingly–Baasha proceeds to kill the entire household of Jeroboam—and thus fulfills the prophecy made by God.But then we see in 1 Kings 16 that Baasha is also a wicked king, and that because of his wickedness God pronounces that his house—Baasha’s house—will also be destroyed. And what exactly was the evil that Baasha did that brings about God’s judgment against him? 1 Kings 16:7 tells us: it was because he became like the house of Jeroboam and also because he destroyed it. Baasha was to be held responsible for the wickedness of destroying Jeroboam’s children—even though God’s planned this punishment for Jeroboam. In other words, God can plan and ordain that something happen and then hold responsible those who committed evil in carrying it out. He can—without committing any evil himself–ordain Jeroboam’s punishment and then use Baasha to execute that punishment, and then hold Baasha responsible for the evil of executing Jeroboam’s children. How do you feel about that? How does your mind react when you see this picture of God? By the way, there are more and clearer examples of this in the Bible—I actually chose one of the more obscure ones.

Huh. So . . .

(1) God causes (my friend uses the more precise word ‘ordains’) Baasha to kill Jeraboam’s children, but nevertheless
(2) holds Baasha responsible and punishes him for the sinful act of killing.

Yes, this sounds very compatibleist. Thanks Peter.

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