The king in the land decides before the birth of a single peasant that he will adopt peasants 1, 12, 24, 37, 59 as his children. The king makes the decree and later the peasants are born.
The King tells his messenger, “God tell peasants 1, 12, 24, 37, 59 I wish to show my mercy to them and adopt them as my children, and they will come and live with me.”
The peasants, now born, but on the far side of country and without hope and food, rejoice at the news and receive the gift so graciously given. They become heirs and go live with the king.
“When did the king’s decree become effective?
Was it when the peasant was born?
Or was it when the king said it?”
When the king determined to do it. He is the king. What he purposes in his heart will be accomplished.