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Particularity and extent of.
fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. - 66: 7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves.
Heb. 11: 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. [See 218.]
260. Particularity and extent of God's providence.
1 Ch. 29: 12 Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Ps. 135: 6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places. 7 He causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries. 147: 8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. 9 He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. 15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly. 16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes. 17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold? 18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
Pr. 16: 33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.
Is. 26: 12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us. -45: 7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Jer. 10: 13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
Am. 3: 6 Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
Mat. 10: 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Rom. 11: 36 For of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever.
Provision for all-Dependance of creatures.
1 Cor. 12: 6 There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God, which worketh all in all.
Ep. 1: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Ph. 2: 13 It is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Heb. 13: 20 The God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. [See 3, 264—7.]
261. Providence supplies temporal wants.
Ps. 104: 14 He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth. 21 The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. 27 These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. 28 That thou givest them, they gather: thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.
Mat. 5: 45 He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. -6: 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. 28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; 29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
262. All creatures dependant upon God's providence.
Job. 12: 10 In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. [Dan. 5: 23.]
Ps. 22: 29 None can keep alive his own soul. - 87: 7 All my springs are in thee.
Jer. 10: 23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.18: 6 Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in iny hand, O house of Israel.
Jn. 15: 5 Without me ye can do nothing.
Ac. 17: 26 Hath made of one blood all nations of men
for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
2 Cor. 3:5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
Controls the Heart.
263. All creatures preserved by God's providence.
Neh. 9: 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all.
Job. 7: 20 I have sinned; what shall I do unto thee, O thou Preserver of men? - 10: 12 Thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.34: 14 If he set his heart upon man, if he gather unto himself his spirit and his breath; 15 All flesh shall perish together, and man shall turn again unto dust.
Ps. 36: 6 O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. Thy right hand upholdeth me. -66: 8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard: 9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved. -121:7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
Pr. 24: 12 He that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? Heb. 1: 3 Upholding all things by the word of his power. 264. God forms, turns and governs the heart.
1 Ch. 5: 26 The God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
2 Ch. 18: 31 They compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.
Ezra 6: 22 And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy for the LORD had made them joyful, and. turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.—7:27 Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
Pr. 16: 1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the
Employs men instrumentally.
answer of the tongue, is from the Lord. 9 A man's heart deviseth his way but the Lord directeth his steps.-21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
Is. 64: 8 Now, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Zec. 12: 1 The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
Ac. 16: 14 A certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. [See 242-6.]
265. God employs men as his instruments.
2 S. 7: 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men.
2 K. 5: 1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honorable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria.
1 Ch. 6: 15 Jehozadak went into captivity, when the LORD carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.
Job 1: 15 The Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away. 17 The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword. 21 The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Ps. 17: 13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life.
Is. 10: 5 0 Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation. 6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets. 7 Howbeit he meaneth not so, neither doth his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few. 12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the LORD hath performed his whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and
In controlling popular favor.
the glory of his high looks. 15 Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.-13: 5 They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.-37: 7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumor, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
Jer. 27: 8 It shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.-50: 9 For lo, I will raise and cause to come up against Babylon an assembly of great nations from the north country: and they shall set themselves in array against her; from thence she shall be taken.
Ezk. 25: 14 I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel.
Hab. 1: 6 For lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling-places that are not theirs. 12 O Lord, thou hast ordained them for judgment: and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. [See 278.]
266. God's control of popular favor and frowns.
Gen. 39: 21 The LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Ex. 3: 21 I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians and it shall come to pass, then, when ye go, ye shall not go empty.
Ps. 75: 6 Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. 7 But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
Dan. 1: 9 God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.
Ac. 7: 9 The patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt, and all his house.