“Jehovah is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall thank You, O Jehovah; and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your might; to make Your might known to the sons of men; yea, the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is a kingdom to all eternities; and Your rule in all, generation and generation. Jehovah upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all hope to You; and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Jehovah is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His works. Jehovah is near to all who call on Him, to all those who call on Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of the ones who fear Him; and He will hear their cry and save them. Jehovah watches over all who love Him; but He destroys all the wicked. My mouth shall speak the praise of Jehovah; and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:9-21).
Are His tender mercies over all His works without exception? Were the tender mercies of Jehovah over Pharaoh and the Egyptians in the Exodus? What saith the Scripture?
“And Jehovah said to Moses, See, I have made you a god to Pharaoh; and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall speak to Pharaoh. And he will send away the sons of Israel from his land. And I will harden the heart of Pharaoh. And I will multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh will not listen to you. And I will put My hand on Egypt, and will bring My armies, My people, the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt with great judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am Jehovah when I send forth My hand on Egypt and bring out the sons of Israel from their midst” (Exodus 7:1-5).
“And Jehovah said to Moses, Go in to Pharaoh, for I have made his heart heavy and the heart of his servants, so that I may set these signs of Mine in their midst; and so that you may recount in the ears of your son and the son of your son what I exerted Myself to do against Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, and you may know that I am Jehovah” (Exodus 10:1-2).
Clearly God’s purpose was to demonstrate His wrath in Pharaoh and make His power known that He might make known His redemptive riches to Moses and Israel. In spite of this clarity, there are some Open Theist idolaters who say that God was seeking
“… the salvation of Pharaoh even though he was brutally oppressing the people of Israel…Yahweh, the God of Israel, wanted Pharaoh and the Egyptian people to experience his truth and life-giving grace” (John Sanders, No Other Name, p. 134).
Sanders’ eisegetical darkness is a darkness which can be felt.
Psalm 145 states that “Jehovah watches over all who love Him; but He destroys all the wicked.” What makes the difference here? The precious blood of propitiation. Praise God that Jesus Christ is our Passover.
“You know that the Passover is coming after two days, and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified” (Matthew 26:2).
“And before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He should move from this world to the Father, loving His own in the world, He loved them to the end” (John 13:1).
“Then purge out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For also Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us” (1 Corinthians 5:7).
“By faith he made the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, that the one destroying the first-born might not touch them” (Hebrews 11:28).
“And I will pass through in the land of Egypt in this night. And I will strike every first-born in the land of Egypt, from man even to livestock. And I will execute judgments on all the gods of Egypt. I am Jehovah! And the blood shall be a sign to you, on the houses where you are. And I will see the blood, and I will pass over you. And the plague shall not be on you to destroy, when I strike in the land of Egypt. And the day shall be a memorial for you. And you shall celebrate it as a feast to Jehovah, for your generations. You shall celebrate it as a law forever” (Exodus 12:12-14).
“For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and giving thanks, He broke and said, Take, eat; this is My body which is broken on behalf of you; this do in remembrance of Me. In the same way the cup also, after supping, saying, This cup is the New Covenant in My blood; as often as you drink, do this in remembrance of Me. For as often as you may eat this bread, and drink this cup, you solemnly proclaim the death of the Lord, until He shall come” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
The efficacious blood of Jesus Christ is a sign to all true believers. All true believers know and believe that Christ’s blood is truly a Passover indeed. Those who believe that this “passover blood” was shed for everyone without exception have not faith in Christ’s blood as propitiation (cf. Romans 3:25). Comments regarding the Good News of particular, efficacious redemption witnessed in the Passover:
In our family devotions this evening we talked about the Passover, and I was reminded again at how vivid a picture of particular redemption that is. It’s the blood that makes the difference! The blood was not on the houses of the Egyptians. Just think of a “passover” in which the blood was on everyone’s house without exception, and a “god” who would kill the firstborn in some of the houses on which there was blood. In this “passover,” the blood itself wouldn’t make the difference between which houses were passed over and which houses were condemned. There would have to be one of two things going on:
Either this god thinks the blood has no importance and just condemns at random, or this god finds something good in some of the houses with blood on them as compared to other houses with blood on them, thus not basing his passing over on the blood at all but on something in the households themselves. Then the question must be asked, “Well, why would the blood on the house be needed at all, since it doesn’t make the difference between being passed over and being condemned?” The answer is, “The blood wouldn’t be needed at all. The blood itself is without value.”
Praise God for THE BLOOD OF HIS DEAR SON! It is of infinite value! When God sees the blood applied to His people, THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION! Christ’s obedience unto death, the blood of His cross, is the ONLY thing that makes the difference between heaven and hell!