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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 4912 chance
4912 chance

4912 chance

The occurrence of events at random, as undesigned happenings. While people may perceive events as random, in Scripture all events are subject to God’s sovereignty.

Chance in human life

Chance events 2Ch 18:33-34 pp 1Ki 22:34-38 See also 1Sa 6:7-9; Pr 26:10

Human life seems to be governed by chance, not merit Ecc 9:11 See also Ecc 2:17-19

Providence at work through apparent chance Jnh 1:17 See also Ru 2:3; Lk 23:44-45 pp Mt 27:45 pp Mt 27:51 pp Mk 15:33 pp Mk 15:38; Ac 16:26

Chance events overruled by God’s sovereignty

The casting of lots and the element of chance Pr 16:33 See also Nu 33:53-54; Jdg 20:8-10; Ne 10:34; Ne 11:1; Lk 23:34 pp Mt 27:35 pp Mk 15:24; Ac 1:23-26

Urim and Thummim, seeming to be dependent on chance Ex 28:29-30 The Urim and Thummim were used by the high priest to declare God’s will. It was a form of casting lots showing either an affirmative or negative response to an enquiry. See also Nu 27:21; 1Sa 28:4-6; Ezr 2:62-63 pp Ne 7:64-65

See also

1130God, sovereignty
4937fate, fatalism
7392lots, casting of

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