The Sovereignty of God Part 1

We are going to begin a basic study in the Sovereignty of God, with the emphasis on Election. When the subject of election comes up, people want to run and hide. They treat it like a bad word. The reason for that is they don’t understand it. It is not a subject to be shunned but embraced and in this study you will see why. Mans sinful nature will not allow God to be God and to be sovereign over all things, and will not accept that he is sovereign over man. We will let the scriptures themselves tell us so.

God is sovereign over nature, the Bible says Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word: Pslm 148:8 Man attributes natural disasters to “Mother Nature” not Father God. It makes it more palatable that way. Jesus said in the last days: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places .Mat 24:7b All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. I believe we, in the USA, have seen a judgment of God in the form of hurricane Katrina. Such devastation for a city, which was a prominent place for witchcraft and the occult in America. Are all natural disasters judgments from God? Let us say the sin of man who is in rebellion against God contributes to the cause. Look at the flood, the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah brought about because of mans sin. God created the universe and he is the one who controls it and everything in it. Listen to what he told Job

Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. Job 39:5-6 and again he says [Gavest thou] the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. She is hardened against her young ones, as though [they were] not hers: her labour is in vain without fear; why? Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding .Job 39:13-17 Not that big of a deal you say, but think about it, this is what God did. Recently on one of the nature channels we biologists studying the octopus. Through a series of tests, putting the animal in different learning situations, they determined it has the ability to reason. Very fascinating, in comparison to the ostrich. In Psalm 29:8 we read The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. This is God ruling in nature. It is always amusing to me when the naturalists say how old things are like the earth being millions of years old or the universe being in the billions. I say, Really! And you know this how? You were there? Someone left a written message? The Bible says in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It doesn’t say when it happened it only says that’s the way it happened. Let the skeptics say what they will; even with all the letters behind their names God is not impressed.

God is also sovereign over the kingdoms of the earth and where they are located In Psalm 74 we read Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. A number of continents are separated by water, some by mountains, but it is God who has separated them for his own purposes. He who has separated the nations also decides who will rule them In Daniel 4:17 king Nebuchadnezzar told of an experience he had with God and we read that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. When we go to the poles to vote, all we are doing is ratifying God’s choice of who he wants to rule for his own purposes. Nebuchadnezzar was one of them, an Idolater who came to know the true and living God, not because he sought God, but because God sought him. (Review the series in Daniel, Jan 2010, found in archives) God changed him through a series of events in his life. See how God used him. Jer 25:9 we read Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. And again And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him Jer 27:6 .

In contrast to him we read of the Pharaoh who held Israel captive and enslaved them for many years before Moses delivered his people, and God said of him; And in very deed for this [cause] have I raised thee up, for to shew [in] thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth Ex 9:16 That was Gods purpose for raising up Pharoah, and through the plagues of Egypt, and the deliverance of the Children of Israel at the red Sea he did just that. For those who never saw Charleston Heston in the movie the 10 Commandments, listen to what a harlot living in Jericho named Rahab had to say; For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt Josh 2:10a She said this just before the walls of the city fell down and God gave the children of Israel the city of Jericho as the first one in the land of Canaan. You might say how did they hear about that? Caravans traveling from east to west trading skins for foods going through the desert. God had raised up the Assyrian king to chasten Israel saying O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation Isa 10:5, To whom he said later For through the voice of the LORD shall the Assyrian be beaten down, [which] smote with a rod. God took vengeance upon them who he used against Israel before. God wanted his Temple rebuilt, so while the children of Israel were in Babylon notice what he did with the then King of Persia. Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD [spoken] by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and [put it] also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah. Who [is there] among you of all his people? The LORD his God [be] with him, and let him go up. II Chron 36:22-23 So how did he do that?

Prov 21:1 says The king’s heart [is] in the hand of the LORD, [as] the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will Before any of this happened God through Isaiah said That saith of Cyrus, [He is] my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. And again through Isaiah he says Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; Isa 45:1 Did Nebuchadnezzar learn a great truth or what? He also discovered And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? Dan 9:7 Here again we see the Sovereignty of God and see that proud man is nothing in his sight, yet he takes thought of us. David said What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Pslm 8:4 and LORD, what [is] man, that thou takest knowledge of him! [or] the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Pslm 144:3 God who rules the universe has come to us to show his love For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. So God through his own will and for his own purposes has come to earth to visit his creation Man for the purpose of redeeming him for himself and putting away his sin for his own names sake. God says of himself Tell ye, and bring [them] near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? [who] hath told it from that time? [have] not I the LORD? and [there is] no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me. Isa 45:21 and in Isa 49:26b all flesh shall know that I the LORD [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. So God sent his Son to the aid of sinful man only sinful man will have nothing to do with him. The reason for this is man does not see his own condition and does not understand the consequences of his actions. Before we can understand the doctrine of election we must understand the fall of man, how bad is it. Those who call themselves atheists say there is no God so we don’t care. We have all evolved and after life there is nothing. The Bible calls these people fools because we read The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good. Notice the fool SAYS IN HIS HEART the religious say we believe in God but what do they say in their heart? Many profess faith then live as though God doesn’t. But the religious say, yes we are not perfect, but then who is so we will do the best we can then God will have to accept us for what we have done. Again, they don’t understand their own condition and the fact that the problem can only be fixed by God. So we must now look at our lost condition and our own depravity, and this we will do next.

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