11 May, 2019

Genesis 50:20—“God meant it for good … to save much people alive”


But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive (Gen. 50:20).


COMMON GRACE ARGUMENT:
“Joseph’s brothers not only intended evil, but did evil. But God’s intention was controlling all. ‘God meant it for good’ to Jacob, to Joseph, and to the Church brought down to Egypt for it’s temporary preservation there. Why? To save many people physically alive, such as, the Egyptians, the Canaanites, and the neighbouring nations. Is this not to be explained in terms of a particular grace to the Church and a general or common grace, not only to the hungry multitudes of Egypt, but also to the other people’s of the world? Is this not evidence of a general disposition of love to even the reprobate?”


(I)

Robert C. Harbach (1914-1996)

[Source: Studies in the Book of Genesis (RFPA, 2001), p. 899]

[Proof of “common grace”?] No, nothing of the sort; but rather the world exists for the sake of the Church.  That is, reprobation serves election, the tares are preserved for the sake of the wheat.  The chaff or hull has its organic use to protect the kernel.  The reprobate shell exists for the sake of the elect seed.  God gave good *things*, *not grace*, to Egypt, that that nation might be well equipped to provide abundantly for the welfare of Israel, the people of His grace.


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(II)

John Calvin (1509-1564)

[Source: Commentary on Genesis 50:20; emphasis added]

 [Whatever] poison Satan produces, God turns it into medicine for his elect. And although in this place [Gen. 50:20] God is said to have ‘meant it unto good,’ because contrary to expectation, he had educed a joyful issue out of beginnings fraught with death: yet, with perfect rectitude and justice, he turns the food of reprobates into poison, their light into darkness, their table into a snare, and, in short, their life into death. If human minds cannot reach these depths, let them rather suppliantly adore the mysteries they do not comprehend, than, as vessels of clay, proudly exalt themselves against their Maker.”


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(III)


More to come! (DV)





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