Sunday, July 3, 2022

When God’s People Say, ‘There is no hope!’

 Temple Baptist Church - 7-3-2022

Jeremiah 18:1-12

 

Introduction: 

 

A. Jeremiah prophesied during the reign of Josiah some 50 years before the Babylonish Captivity of 587 BC.  Revival permeated the land under Josiah but began to decline in his later years.  Israel fell into apostasy not long after his death.

 

B.  The story of the Potter’s house had to do with God’s love of and intent for the nation of Israel. 

 

1.  The Potter, a type of the Lord, desired to mold Israel in His hand, but Israel—the clay—became marred in His hand. 

 

2.  The marring was not the fault of the Potter, but a flaw in the clay!  This marring speaks of Israel’s sinfulness and subsequent captivity of 70 years in Babylon.

 

3.  The remaking of the clay (He did not throw it away) was the prophesied restoration of Israel to the Land after the Babylonish Captivity.

 

C.  In verse 12, as Jeremiah pronounced the impending doom of Israel, instead of getting right with the Lord and attempting to turn that great nation, the people said, “There is no hope!”

 

1.  Israel’s Hopelessness - They Gave Up!

 

2.  Israel’s Sinfulness – They Gave Over!

 

3.  Israel’s Judgment – They Paid The Price!

 

D.  As Israel belonged to the Lord, America was once His!  America, the land that we love, will be 246 years old tomorrow.  “The Great Experiment” was a name given to her at her inception.  The question asked, “Can a people rule themselves?”

 

E.  America was the first Republic in history!  Never had such a thing been tried.  Notice republic, not democracy. 

 

Republic – a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.  A government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law.

F.  Has the Great Experiment failed?  That question remains to be answered but our nation is in serious decline this morning.  In 246 short years, our nation has turned from God to sin; from self-rule to rule by government; from capitalism to socialism, from rule by the people and for the people to corruption in government, from prosperity to debt, from the thrill of liberty to the drudgery of bondage, from the pursuit of happiness to pit of despair. 

 

G.  The question now is: “Is there hope for America?”  America’s hope lies in God’s people!  When God’s people give up, America is gone!

 

H.  God pronounced in the Bible:

 

Psalms 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

 

1.  America’s Motto, “In God We Trust.”

 

2.  America’s Foundation – Religious Liberty

 

3.  America’s Fathers – Praying Men

 

4.  America’s Faith – God, not Allah or Buddha!

 

5.  America’s Strength – God’s people and local churches.

 

J.  Today, America has now began to come under another scriptural pronouncement:

 

Psalms 9:17  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

 

1.  As Israel, Will We Give Up?  Many today preach and live hopelessness!  America is still worth living and fighting for!

 

2.  As Israel, Well God’s People Live In Sinfulness?  “Eat, drink, and be merry” is the watchword.  I cannot make a difference because I am one.  America is a nation made up of individuals and everyone counts.

 

3.  As Israel, Will America Fall?  The answer is an obvious “Yes” if it does not turn around!  If God does not judge America, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah!  He will not apologize!

 

K.  Is there hope for America?  Yes, there is hope.  A little disclaimer: I was not and am not a follower of former President Barack Hussain Obama.  But I do want to quote him as not everything that he said was wrong.  He said, “While we breathe, we will hope.”

 

1.  There Is Hope For America As Long As There Is A Promise From God – Psalms 33:12  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.  (If America turns from its sinfulness, God will turn from His promised judgment!  America, as a nation, still has a choice and it is not too late.  When we say, “God’s promises are no longer good,” THERE IS NO HOPE!)

 

2.  There Is Hope For America As Long As There Is A People That Are Saved - 2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

 

Matthew 5:13-16  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  (When we say, “It no longer matters how we represent Christ to our nation,” THERE IS NO HOPE!)

 

3.  There Is Hope For America As Long As There Is A Prayer To Be Prayed – 1 John 5:14-15  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: 15  And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

Jeremiah 33:3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.  (It’s never too late until it is over!  I pray for America!  I pray for those in authority over us!  I love this land and would love to see her happy and blessed again!  When we say, “Prayer no longer works,” THERE IS NO HOPE!)

 

4.  There Is Hope For America As Long As There Is A Power To Be Tapped – Genesis 18:14a  Is any thing too hard for the LORD?

 

Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

 

Jeremiah 32:17  Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the hea ven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:  (God can!  Man cannot but God Can!  When we say, “God can’t,” THERE IS NO HOPE!)

 

5.  There Is Hope For America As Long As There Is A Purpose Of Heart – Jeremiah 38:28  So Jeremiah abode in the court of the prison until the day that Jerusalem was taken: and he was there when Jerusalem was taken.  (God’s not done with her yet!  We still have an open door of soul winning and missions.  When God’s done, then America is done.  Not until then!  When we say, “It’s over,” THERE IS NO HOPE!)

When God Casts You Down and Weakens Your Strength

 Temple Baptist Church - 7-3-2022

Psalm 102


 

Introduction:

 

A.  In Psalm 102, we find the Psalmist (unnamed with no history of the “why” of the Psalm) reflecting on the hard time that he is in.  His reflection is honest in his view and his conclusion is the spiritual wealth that he gains.

 

Verses 1-2 – The Psalmist’s Plea – He does the right thing!  If you don’t ask the question, the answer is automatically “NO!”

 

Verses 3-11 – The Psalmist’s Perception – My days are consumed, my heart is stricken,            like a pelican without water, a sparrow unprotected, at the mercy of my enemies, ashes to eat, and withered like grass!

 

Verses 12-28 – The Psalmist’s Praise – “Just praise God anyway!”  This was what we often said while in Bible College and times were tough.  Praise ye the Lord!

 

Verses 10, 23 – The Psalmist’s Predicament – Something that God does or allows to be done. 

 

1 Corinthians 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 

B.  As humans, we think that these verses are the opposite of what they should be in hard times.

 

1.  It should have been: “Thou as lifted me up” instead of “thou hast … cast me down.” 

 

2.  It should have been: “He strengthened my weakness” instead of “He weakened my strength in the way.”

 

3.  The Holy Ghost said just the opposite of what we think and want.  God sometimes allows hard times to weaken our strength. 

 

Isaiah 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  (9)  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts

 

(We neither know God’s way nor wisdom in His allowing things to transpire that He could correct or make go away.)

 

Jeremiah 33:3  Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

 

Ephesians 1:8-9  Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  (9)  Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

 

C.  Why?

 

1.  Weakness humbles the saint.  It brings us to the reality that we are not in control.

 

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 

 

2.  Weakness centers the saint.  It keeps our eyes upon the Lord instead of the circumstances. 

 

Psalms 56:3  What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

 

Isaiah 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (6)  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

 

3.  Weakness reminds the saint.  That we are but flesh, and therefore subject to the “powers that be.”  Sin, Satan, sickness, etc.

 

Psalms 73:25-26  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  (26)  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 

Matthew 26:41  Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

4.  Weakness introduces the saint.  To the strength of God that is only found at the end of ours.

 

2 Corinthians 12:8-10  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  (9)  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  (10)  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Word and Creation

 Temple Baptist Church - 6-29-2022

Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; 1 John 1:1


 

Introduction: Here, we find creation by The Creator. As we begin, I will spend a little time dealing with both creation and evolution as the unproven theory of evolution is being taught to both our adults and children.

 

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

 

A. I am going to spend a couple of weeks or so on creation. I said that as to let you know that we would not be finishing up in one sermon. Verse 3 deals with the creation of all things, with Jesus Christ—The Word—being the Creator. As we begin in verse 3, we see that the Word was God, and the Word was Creator.

 

B. The words “made” are important words. “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”  would or could have naturally occurred. Three times in John 1:3, the Bible uses the word “made.” The word “made” is used 11 times in Genesis, chapters 1-2.

 

C. Made means that someone had to do something that could not and would not have naturally occurred. I made my bed, or it would never be made. One of you ladies made a cake and, though the ingredients may have been found in your home, the cake would not have naturally been made.

 

D. What then was made? “All things.” This means that “all things” were not there when the Word created the heaven and earth in Genesis, chapter one! Thus, we find a phrase that I will use: “ex nihilo.” These two Latin words mean from or out of nothing.

 

E. God had nothing to work with when creation occurred! No atoms, no molecules, no dark matter, no sub-atomic particles, no gravity, no force of any kind, nothing!

 

Evolution teaches just the opposite of creation: all things were made of absolutely nothing without a Maker. Design without a Designer. Order from Disorder. Nature without Natural.

 

F. As I begin, I make no claim to be a scientist or nuclear physicist. I am about as ignorant and unlearned as they come but I have the Word of God in my hand that spells everything out for me. When I say this, I am not uneducated but have not been educated beyond my intelligence. So, with that being said, let us begin.

 

G. I have often said that Genesis 1:1 is the greatest theological statement in the Bible. It is a statement of God and not an argument for God. True science demands a Creator! I will not spend a lot of time on the unproven and unprovable Theory of Evolution, but I do want to show its result. A Theory is a hypothesis that has not or cannot be proven thus evolution. Biblical Christianity vs. Atheism and Evolution.

 

“Ex Nihilo” – “Out of nothing!”

 

Creation – God’s Glory

Evolution – The Fool’s Folly

 

Creation – The Believer’s Hope: We know there is a God!

Evolution – The Infidel’s Hope: They hope there is no God!

 

Creation – The Creator: The Word of God, Jehovah God, Jesus Christ

Evolution – Science Falsely So Called

 

Creation – Divine Order, the Earth in all its Glorious Design

Evolution – Accident, Randomness, Happenstance

 

Creation – Man, the Image of God

Evolution – Man, the Monkey’s Uncle

 

Creation – The Wisdom of God

Evolution – The Foolishness of Man

 

Creation – The Heavens Declare God

Evolution – The Heavens Mystify the Godless

 

Evolutionist Contradictions – Just a few as the theories of evolution

are changing with each new generation of atheistic scientists.

 

George Bernard Shaw said it all: “I'm an atheist and I thank God for it!”

 

"My attempts to demonstrate evolution by an experiment carried on for more than 40 years have completely failed.....It is not even possible to make a caricature of an evolution out of paleo biological facts...The idea of an evolution rests on pure belief." (Dr. Nils Heribert-Nilsson, noted Swedish botanist and geneticist, of Lund University)

 

George Wald, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1967. “There are only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising from evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I wilnot accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution. (Wald, George, “Innovation and Biology,” Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100)

 

Stephen Hawking: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

 

Mr. Hawking, gravity is a consequence, not an entity! Gravity is the result of unequal distribution of mass: the larger the mass, the greater the gravitational pull.

 

Albert Einstein, 1915 contradicts Hawking by saying that gravity is a consequence of mass: “Gravity is most accurately described by the general theory of relativity which describes gravity not as a force, but as a consequence of the curvature of spacetime caused by the uneven distribution of mass.”

 

Psalms 14:1 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.

 

H. The Bible is right in the matter of a True Beginning. “In the beginning!”

 

1. Beginning defined: the start, commencement, origin, birth, “the point in time or space when something starts.”

 

2. There is one point on which both the evolutionist and the creationist agree, there had to be a true beginning! A true beginning must start with nothing and end up with something. There must have been a true beginning, if not, all things must be eternal, and everyone knows this is not true.

 

3. The evolutionist has an unresolvable problem at this point while the creationist has no problem. We have God and they have “ex nihilo.”

 

a) The Theory of Evolution is flawed in its very definition. For the universe to evolve, there must have been something to evolve from. Therefore, evolution cannot have a true beginning as it must be a continuation of something that was previous.

 

b) Natural Law cannot naturally be violated, therefore—in the realm of true nature—matter cannot be nither created or destroyed.

 

c) The brilliant but foolish physicist, Stephen Hawking (I hate to keep picking on him, but he places himself in the forefront of evolutionists), in his book “The Grand Design,” said that the Universe could “create itself.” The title of his book disproves his foolish assumptions. A “Grand Design” MUST have a Grand Designer! I have never seen anything designed that had no designer in the background.

 

1) The word universe, without matter, is simply 8 empty letters in the English alphabet! Thus, “science falsely so called.” How can nothing create anything, or the universe evolve from nothing? And scientists think that creationists are foolish?

 

2) Let us have a refresher course in math. Ready, let us do the math: 0+0=0, 0-0=0, and 0x0=0. Does everyone get it? Aha! You are smarter than Mr. Hawking because he got all the answers wrong. Mr. Hawking does not get it because he must create a universe without a Creator, therefore, 0+0=UNIVERSE! Mr. Hawking, Grand Design takes Grand Intelligence which demands God!

 

1 Timothy 6:20-21  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  (21)  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

 

J. The Bible is right in the necessity of a Creator! “God created!”

 

1. In true science, there are 3 laws of thermodynamics which are empirical and cannot be violated. When I was in college (in the days before the flood), these laws were taught as absolutes which could not be changed but “science falsely so-called” continually tries to “bend” them to fit their narrative.

 

a) There are actually three but one deals with energy and absolute zero: the temperature at which a thermodynamic system has the lowest energy. It corresponds to −273.15 °C on the Celsius temperature scale and to −459.67 °F on the Fahrenheit temperature scale. People in South Carolina know nothing about cold like that so we will skip this one. I want to look at the first two laws of thermodynamics for a minute.

 

b) First law of thermodynamics – Energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can only change forms. In any process, the total energy of the universe remains the same (Theory of Relativity or conservation of mass and energy E=MC2). For a thermodynamic cycle, the net heat supplied to the system equals the net work done by the system. (Evolution says that, in the natural world, energy was created without a Creator which is a violation of natural law.)

 

c) Second law of thermodynamics – The entropy of an isolated system, not in equilibrium, will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium. (Evolution teaches that things continue to evolve upward instead of spiraling downward which violates natural law.)

 

2. The creationist has no problem at all with a true beginning, where something came from nothing. Our Bible is the only book in the world that has a credible beginning of the universe and mankind.

 

a) Only a divine Creator can create or bring matter into existence, “ex nihilo,” from or out of nothing. The very word “create” means to generate, to make, or to bring something into existence which demands a Creator!

 

b) The evolutionist must continually “mend the fences” by changing their theories concerning the true beginning while trying to eliminate the very thought of a divine Creator. The child of God rejoices in the opening statement of the Bible, “In the beginning God created!”

 

Hebrews 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.

 

c) I said all of that to say this, the universe, and the life that we know came from an all-knowing God! There can be no other explanation unless all would agree that everything has always been, therefore, eternal.

 

K. I call The Theory of Evolution “The Fool’s Folly!” Jesus Christ, Jehovah God, created it all! Concerning the creation, the Bible sets forth the 2nd and 3rd Laws of Thermodynamics (indisputable laws). The First Law of Thermodynamics is a “nothing burger” as it deals with energy at absolute zero (−459.67 °F).

 

1. The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (simply stated that matter cannot be created nor destroyed) is set forth in John 1:3:  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (Because of the way things are [everything different and remains that way-no intermediate species have ever been found for proved], only creation could have transpired, and nothing has been created that wasn’t from the beginning.)

 

2. The 3rd Law of Thermodynamics (everything in a closed systems tends to entropy or decay) is also found in the Bible: Romans 8:22-23 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (23) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

 

a) Nature – “the whole creation (the heavens and the earth) groaneth and travaileth in pain together”

 

b) Mankind – even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

 

2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

 

L. Facts that the Bible establishes concerning the Creator and His creation:

 

1. Jesus Christ was the Creator of His Universe. Colossians 1:15-17  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  (16)  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  (17)  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 

a. God spoke and it was done! Psalms 33:6  By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

 

b. On the first day, Genesis 1:1-7, God laid the foundations! Heaven and earth. This was not the third heaven where God abides for it was already there. This was the expanse of all space as we know it. God spoke light into existence and divided the light from the darkness, calling the light Day and the darkness Night.

 

c. On the second day, Genesis 1:6-8, God divided the waters below from the waters above and created the atmosphere that protects the earth and can sustain life. Hebrews 1:10  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: (Now the word “heavens’ is plural. The first heaven is our atmosphere, the second heaven is outer space, and the third heaven is where God lives.)

 

d. On the third day, Genesis 1:9-13, God gathered the waters together and divided them from the dry land. The dry land, He called earth and the waters He called seas. He created life for the first time as grass, herbs, and trees were created and were to bring after their own kind.

 

e. On the fourth day, Genesis 1:14-19, God created the universe: sun, moon, and stars. For the first time, God saw that it was good.

 

1 Corinthians 15:40-41  There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.  (41)  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. (How could Moses tell that the stars were all different in their makeup?)

 

f. On the fifth day, Genesis 1:20-23, God again created life in the fish and fowl. These were also commanded to bring forth after their kind. These verses disprove evolution as there are no intermediate species that come through the process of evolution. Study life under the seas and you will be amazed at the species of life that live there and each has its purpose. Look at the species of fowl that God made. He made them all right!

 

g. On the sixth day, Genesis 1:24-25, God created the animal life and commanded them to bring forth after their own kind. (In nature, you have no hybrids! God made everything to bring forth within God’s law of “after his kind.” I have no black bird cardinals on my feeders. I have no dove wrens, etc. as they live in harmony without cross breeding. God made it that way and evolution has a problem with it. God’s way works!)

 

h. On the sixth day, Genesis 1:26-31, God made man of the dust of the earth and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. These are interesting verses as the newly formed Adam’s body (earthy) came from the earth and but had no life until God breathed life into him. This life was not breathed into the animals as it was the very life of God, eternal life. The chemical value of a man’s body is about $1.00 or so. Moses knew man came from dust and would return to dust at death. Only God could have revealed the makeup of man to Moses!

 

iIn six literal days (morning and evening), God created the heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is and rested on the seventh! Exodus 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (God stopped His creative work and NOTHING can be created since. Thus, the First Law of Thermodynamics!)

 

j. God’s commentary on His creation: Genesis 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (A perfectly synchronized universe that goes beyond man’s power to see! Why did God make it so big? To astound man and to glorify our all wise and powerful Creator! Look at the harmony of God’s nature on earth! If man will just leave it alone, God made it perfect and made it to endure until He renovates it again.)

 

2. Jesus Christ is the Owner of His Universe. Genesis 14:18-22  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.  (19)  And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:  (20)  And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.  (21)  And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.  (22)  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

 

a. They were created for Him. Romans 11:36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (All that is belongs to Him.)

 

Colossians 1:15-17  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  (16)  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  (17)  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 

b. They were created in perfection. Genesis 1:31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (In the heavens and upon the earth, we find precision and harmony. The universe is a “well-oiled machine” that works with divine precision. To study the heavens and miss God is to ignore the “elephant in the living room.”)

 

Psalms 136:5-9  To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.  (6)  To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.  (7)  To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:  (8)  The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:  (9)  The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

c. They were created for His pleasure. Revelation 4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Both are and were His pleasure. God loves His creation.)

 

3. Jesus Christ is glorified in His Universe. Psalms 19:1-4  The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  (2)  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  (3)  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.  (4)  Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,  

Psalms 14:1  “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.” (Self-explanatory!)

 

4. Jesus Christ is the Sustainer of the Universe. Psalms 104:29-31 Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. (30) Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. (31) The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.

 

Colossians 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

 

Consist – union together, cohesion. A cosmos instead of a chaos as one writer said it. He completed the universe, and it is sustained and preserved by His wisdom and power. Without Christ the Sustainer, the stars would collide and the worlds would crumble.

 

He is the center of life, force, motion, and rest; round Him all things revolve. He imposes their limits, gives to them their law, strikes the keynote of their harmonies, blends and controls their diverse operations.