God’s Curious Relationship With Sin

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That’s a provocative title, and even as I typed it out, it occurred to me that some reading it may get the wrong idea. So let me clarify. God doesn’t sin, nor does He cause anybody to sin. He doesn’t play games like that. And yet, God does have a unique relationship with sin from time to time; a relationship that is nothing like ours. We see it a demonstrated in the Bible a few times, nowhere better than in the life of Joseph. His was an up-and-down life to be sure. Looked at moment-by-moment, it seems as though various sins were propelling Joseph along the course of his life – not his sins but the sins of others. But in hindsight, Joseph was able to write this:

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many…

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