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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

WAS THERE A DIVINE MASTER PLAN BEHIND THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS




Was there a divine master plan behind the course of human events

Old Testament Historical Theology
Part one
The text begs to be understood and set in a contest of events and meaning.

Historical studies will put the exegete (taking out of the verse) in contact with the flow of events in space and time. And grammatical and syntactical analyses will identify the collection of ideas in the immediate section of special period under investigating.

In every successful exegesis, there musts be some means of identifying the center or core of the canon.

Was there a divine master plan behind the course of human events, authorial selectivity of what was to be included or excluded and the claims for supramundane evaluation of what was recorded?

There is a connection of history and its canonical (conforming to accepted principle) significance . That is history in the OT follows a pattern that helps us understand why the Bible was written in the first place.

Events and facts, or statements should be viewed not as apart from the whole, but in some way making their contribution to the totality order of the whole context or situation.

THERE IS THE ISSUE: DID BIBLICAL HISTORY EXHIBIT A DIVINE PLAN? YES. History is important to the Divine plan that is laid out in the Bible.

1. 10The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Psalms 33:10-11
2. 21There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. Proverbs 19:21
3. 19That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see it: and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw nigh and come, that we may know it! Isaiah 5:19
4. 24The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: 26This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? Isaiah 14
5. 17And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it. Isaiah 19
6. 1O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25
7. 10Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isaiah 46
8. 20Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them. Jeremiah 49
9. 45Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them. Jeremiah 50:45

10. 12But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Micah 4