Chance, Luck, Fortune, Destiny

by Paul Franco on April 2, 2010

Chance and luck Isa 65:11-12
11 “But you are those who forsake the LORD, Who forget My holy mountain, Who prepare a table for Gad, And who furnish a drink offering for Meni.

12 Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; Because, when I called, you did not answer; When I spoke, you did not hear, But did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”

But you are those forsake the LORD – speaking of King Ahaz (Isa 1:1) and those of Judah that walk opposed to the statutes and ways of God. Those who have completely and permanently abandon the worship of God. Ahaz and those with him did evil in the sight of the LORD. He had sold himself and Judah to the king of Assyria for protection. Rezin king of Syria and Pekah king of Israel (the northern 10 tribes) had united to make war with him. He had placed his trust in Assyria and the pagan gods of Syria. (see 2 Kin 16:1-20; 2 Chr 28:1-27)

Who forget my holy mountain- They no longer acknowledge the worship of God (Jehovah) in Jerusalem and in the holy mountain of Zion. God refers to Jerusalem and Zion as His holy mountain (Joel 3:17), and the hill of Zion is called the mountain of Gods holiness (Ps. 48:1). Ahaz had replaced the worship of God in the land with the worship of the pagan gods (2 Chr. 28:24-25).

Who prepare a table for gad and furnish the drink offering unto Meni – a table had the meaning of an altar (Eze. 41:22). So they prepared altars for the idols, and offered up offerings and sacrifices unto the false gods.

Gad-the pagan god of “fortune” and “luck”
Meni-the pagan god of “destiny” and “chance”

Ahaz provoked the anger of the LORD by praying to fortune, luck, destiny, chance and by ultimately sacrificing his own son to these false gods (2 Chr. 28:3).

Therefore I will number you for sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter- 2 Chro. 28:5 Therefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They defeated him, and carried away a great multitude of them as captives, and brought them to Damascus (the Syrian capital). Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who defeated him with a great slaughter.

because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I did not delight – In Isa. 7:3-11 God sent Isaiah to Ahaz to tell him or (to call on him) to: “take heed, and be quiet; DO NOT FEAR or be fainthearted”….. because the plans of Syria and Israel to make war and prevail against Judah “would not stand, nor would it come to pass.” We see God commanding Ahaz to “trust in Him” for He will deliver him from his enemies, and to ask a sign of God concerning His deliverance. Isa. 7:12 But Ahaz “did not answer” because he said “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” God tells Ahaz, “You did not do as I commanded, but instead you did evil before me, and chose to trust in chance, luck, fortune, destiny and the detestable acts which I do not delight in.”

We see here in this text that the almighty sovereign God does not delight in the one who believes in the false diety’s of fortune, luck, destiny, and chance. It is abominable to believe in such things and God calls it evil. Furthermore, it says in Isaiah 42:8 “I am the LORD, that is my name; and My glory I will not give to another. Nor my praise to carved images.” Man is never to receive any type of glory and carved images should never be praised. Every creature on earth is reputed as nothing, God does according to His will in heaven and on earth. Man is not ultimate, though he likes to think and act like he is, but God is ultimate and no one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have you done?” Great is our LORD, mighty in power and His understanding is infinite, immeasurably great and unlimited. No one can understand or comprehend the depth and width of the works of God from beginning to end. God is one, and who can turn him? He reigns in heaven and does anything that He pleases and whatever His soul desires, that He does. There is no physical or mental event in the creation that is not controlled sovereignly by Jesus Christ. For all things were created through Him and for Him and God is the source, the sustainer, and the rightful end of everything that exists!

The words luck and chance have become an everyday word in our society. I can’t go one day without hearing such evils. It is so wide spread and contagious that even the church has been infected. This evil attack upon Gods sovereignty is nothing new, satan was utilizing this tactic in the garden with Eve when he said “You will not die. God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” He deceived her into believing that she was the keeper of her own destiny and that she would be like God, a “free” moral creature able to make her own decisions and choices apart from Gods rule. You will be sovereign as God, possessing clear spiritual vision being enabled to choose right and wrong. The fall has lead to the illusive view that man is supreme and that God revolves around mans actions. As if God is sitting in His heavenlies twittling his thumbs watching man make his autonomous free choices apart from his reigning rule. Nothing could have been further from the truth. God rules and reigns over all of His creation and not even a sparrow falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will (Math. 10:29). So when you allow the words “good luck”, “lucky” or “by chance” to roll off your tongue, remember the Scriptures! Job 23:13, Dan 4:35, Ps 147:5, Ecc 3:11

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