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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Self-Harmony of the Bible - 5 (Part Four)

Are God’s Wonders Innumerable?
            Psalm 40:5 (NWT) states: “How many things you have done, O Jehovah my God, [y]our wonderful works and your thoughts toward us. None can compare to you; If I were to try to tell and speak of them, [t]hey would be too numerous to recount!” The skeptic takes this literally, thinking that God’s works and thoughts are infinite. So, when he comes across Psalm 26:7, where David says: “That I may make the voice of thanksgiving to be heard, [a]nd tell of all thy wondrous works,” he concludes that there is a contradiction.
            He interprets these statements as literal and having the same intended meaning. However, the point of the former statement is to highlight the sheer number of God’s wondrous works. If we use “countless” in hyperbole, why can’t David? The purpose of Psalm 26:7 was to express David’s earnest desire to glorify God by proclaiming what he has done. The word “all” must be understood in this context, for David wrote both psalms. Once we do so, there is no contradiction.

Is God the Only One Working Wonders?
            Psalm 136:4 (KJV) says of God: “[He] alone doeth great wonders.” So, the skeptic would want us to naively assume that 2 Thessalonians 2:9 (KJV), which says about the “lawless one,” that his “coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” contradicts this. Unable to comprehend the nuance of language, the skeptic has taken to a misguided rule of the use of “all.” The Hebrews, however, would not deny that demons preformed wonders, for they knew of the dealings of the priests of Egypt. But, they would deny the lesser thing to extol the greater thing; Jehovah’s works outperformed those of his Egyptian rivals and were of greater and lasting impact, for example, so truthfully, albeit not literally, Jehovah alone preforms wondrous works.

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