Editorials -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 098:390 (Apr 1941)
Article: Editorials
Author: Anonymous


The Iniquity of the Amorites

The fact that God could not proceed at once to the consummation of His purpose because at that time the iniquity of the Amorites was not yet full (Gen 15:16), introduces a principle which, when recognized, will shed much light upon the difficult problem as to why evil is not instantly terminated in the world. Evidently, in the case of the Amorites, it was needful for them to complete their course of iniquity before they could be brought into a full judgment for it. This principle is not difficult to understand. Sin as a mere intention is one thing; but sin as an overt act is quite another thing, and the overt act is that which may be judged in its full measure. God could have said to Israel: I know that, if I take you up to Kadesh, you will rebel against me, therefore I will drive you back into the wilderness as a punishment for the thing you would have done. From the creature’s viewpoint this would be the height of injustice. Therefore the iniquity of the Israelites was not yet full until they actually went up to Kadesh and there rebelled. After the same manner, God could have said to Satan, I know what Job will do under trial and I will now judge you for what you propose to do to my servant; but Satan-a creature-would have contended that a judgment for that which he never really did was an injustice. In this case, the iniquity of Satan was not yet full. Much to the distress of Job, it was necessary for Satan’s intention to run its course to the end that his iniquity might be judged. Here this principle may be extended to include all evil. Must not all evil run its course to the end that it may be perfectly judged? If Satan proposes a vast cosmos-world system as the manner of his departure from his Creator’s purpose for him, is it not evident that such a proposition must run its course even though, as in the case of Job, it entails much human suffering? Is

it not reasonable to believe that, in spite of all the wickedness of this cosmos-world with its wars and crimes both individual and national, the iniquity of the god of this age, the prince of this cosmos, with all his angels and human devotees, is not yet full? It will be full ere long and no moment’s delay will be allowed before the divine judgments fall. The consummating blow of divine wrath will fall on all the iniquity ever committed, but assurance is given that it can never again mar the creation of God. The iniquity of the Amorites will not only be full but will be finished forever.

What Will Jehovah Do?

Let it not be assumed that the terrible wrath-promoted judgments of God will ever be curtailed or forgotten. The hour approaches when “He ariseth to shake terri...

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