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SERIES NOTE: Paul was entrusted with the glorious revelation concerning the details of Christ’s finished work at Calvary and all of the richness that it entails – even the salvation of all of God’s creation. Still, throughout all of the Hebrew Scriptures God has left us powerful hints of, and sure foundations for, the grand truth of His real nature. Although often shadowed in precedents of types and patterns, these are yet unmistakable to those who are fully acquainted with the letters of Paul. Today we will begin an extended series, looking at such fertile instances found throughout the “Old Testament.”
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, “Return, ye children of men.”
It is God Who gives man his experience with evil, for it is He Who turns them to destruction. God acquaints humanity with brokenness, with vanity, with ruin; and He does so to bring them back to Himself.
Adam had it all in the garden: health, beauty, paradise – all goodness from the hand of God; but the one thing he lacked was appreciation. He could not be thankful for health, for he never had experienced sickness. He could not be thankful for the provision of food, for he had never been hungry. Men learn the truths of God by their contrasts with evil.
According to Psalm 90:3 it is God Himself Who turns mankind to destruction. He does so, so that He can say to them “Return,” and bring them back to Himself. Who’s He bringing back to Himself? Well, the King James Version translates this exact same phrase, “children of men,” as “sons of Adam” in Deuteronomy 32:8. All of the offspring of Adam – every last one of his descendants – belong to God and will be returned to Him.
This is the wise and grand plan of “the God of love” (II Corinthians 13:11).