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Who Led King David Up the Stairs

Who Led King David Up the Stairs

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How Sovereign is our God concerning temptation? Who is it that leads men into temptation? Why pray, "lead us not into temptation"?
How Sovereign is our God concerning temptation? Who is it that leads men into temptation? Why pray, "lead us not into temptation"?

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WHO LED KING DAVID UP THE STAIRS?
Mike Jeshurun“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” [Mat 6:13]For the saint of God, the housetop (like all other places) can either be a place of danger or a place of blessing. One saint of God was led up thestairs and saw a vision of God (Acts 10:9-16), while another, even ‘theman after God’s own heart’, was led up a similar set of stairs and fellinto sin! [2Sam 11:2-4]The
same
God who led the one saint led the other. As we read, “Thesteps of a good man are ordered by the
Lord
” (Psalm 37:23), and again:
 
“A man's heart deviseth his way: but the
LORD
directeth his steps”.(Prov 16:9) And again, “Man's goings (steps)
are
of the
LORD
; howcan a man then understand his own way”? [Prov 20:24]Before we proceed further, we would seek to affirm and establish beyond all doubt that
GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF SIN,NEITHER DOES HE MAKE ANY MAN TO SIN OR ENTICEHIM TO DO SO!
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of 
HIS OWNLUST
, and enticed”. [James 1:14]But though God does not tempt any man or ‘make’ him to sin, yetnevertheless He
DOES
lead men into temptation . . . or it would be
pointless
to pray – “lead us not into temptation”!
WHO
was it who led Christ into the wilderness to be tempted of thedevil? “Then was Jesus led up of 
THE SPIRIT
into the wilderness to betempted of the devil”. [Matt 4:1]We recommend a sermon and an article: one by the late C.H. Spurgeonand another by A.W. Pink both titled – “Lead us not into temptation” for further light on this neglected aspect of God’s Sovereignty.Here is an excerpt from A.W. Pink - Note the truths that are clearly implied by these words – “Lead us notinto temptation”
FIRST
, God’s
universal providence
is owned. All creatures are at thesovereign disposal of their Maker; He has the same
absolute control
over evil as over good. In this petition an acknowledgment is made thatthe ordering of all temptations is in the hands of our all-wise, omnipotentGod.

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