The hand of God vs chance

You know the charge that the ancients naively interpreted all acts of nature to be by the hand of God? I just read 1 Samuel 6:9b:

“But if not, then we will know that it was not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.”

They were giving God the opportunity to show them it was he who did it, as opposed to it happening by chance. That isn’t to say they thought that the possibility of things happening by chance threatened his sovereignty. Something to keep in mind when considering that aspect of free will (not about chance directly) and evolution (exactly the sort of chance meant in this passage).

If you want to follow along with me in my daily bible reading, I follow the plan at http://www.biblenarrativeproject.blogspot.com :)

Have a beautiful day :)

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