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The sovereignty of God

The Nature of Gods Sovereignty

The meaning of Gods sovereignty to the OT writers was synonymous with the fact that God was God. They considered that an affirmation of his existence was an affirmation of his sovereignty and absolute kingship.

They ascribed to him the right to govern his universe the way he wanted to. He is sovereign in the exercise of his power as well as the bestowal of his love grace and mercy. There is no such thing as a non-sovereign God. Thats why there can only be one God not two.

God over everything is sovereign
Isaiah 57/15, 66/1, 40/25, 43/10, 44/6, 45/18, 42/5, 40/13-14, 41/18-20, 48/6, 40/2-23

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Re: OT Theology # 17 God's Sovereignty [message #12481 is a reply to message #12480 ] Sat, 19 May 2018 15:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Ground of God's Sovereignty in the OT

1/ His Omnipotence

This is the power of God. It is his most frequently mentioned attributes in all the OT. His power is demonstrated in his names. eg. God Almighty, The Lord of Hosts etc

We see this demonstrated in the old songs of the OT. eg. Judges 5, Ex. 15, Deut. 34, 1 Sam.2

We see a demonstration of his sovereign power in creation.
We also see it in the exodus from Egypt
We see it in delivering Canaan to Israel

Ezek. 1 We see a picture of Gods sovereignty over all things
Dan.4/35 His power is so sovereign even the heathen acknowledge it.

The Significance of Gods omnipotence

a/ It shows he is able to fulfill all the promises of his word. His word has the power to bring his promises to pass. Is.55/11

b/ His omnipotence is shown in the OT by his power to protect his people from anybody and anyone.
Ex.9/16 God hardened Pharaoh's heart to demonstrate his power and glory. From Pharaoh's side he did what he wanted. From god's side he couldn't do anything else. Is.46/8-11, Dan. 6/26-27

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Re: OT Theology # 17 God's Sovereignty [message #12482 is a reply to message #12480 ] Sat, 19 May 2018 15:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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2/ The Omnipresence of God

He is personally present everywhere at one and the same time everywhere in heaven and earth. Not "in" heaven and "on" earth but he fills heaven and earth.
He sees everything Prov.15/3
This is the basis for his judging everything Amos 9/2-4

It also means he is present with his people all the time and not afar off. In the OT he was with them. In the NT he is with us by the HS Baptism. Ps.139/7-12

His omnipresence and his spirit are the same thing.

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Re: OT Theology # 17 God's Sovereignty [message #12483 is a reply to message #12480 ] Sun, 20 May 2018 15:56 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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3/ The Omniscience of God

This is his perfect wisdom and knowledge of all things past present and future. The significance of this is he is in control of everything he created including inanimate life. all the stars in the universe for example. He doesn't just control them he named them.

Ps. 147/5 Not only the real and actual events but all the possibilities as well. He has perfect knowledge of his animate creation. both man and animals. Ps.50/11

Ps. 94/11 Jer.17/10 he knows the hearts of men
Is.48/5,42/9 He knows all things past present and future
The predictions of the prophets were grounded in god's sovereign omniscience. Amos 3/7


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Re: OT Theology # 17 God's Sovereignty [message #12484 is a reply to message #12480 ] Sun, 20 May 2018 16:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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God's Sovereignty as Expressed in Creation and Providence

Before anything existed God was content with just himself. When he created it was to reveal himself because it couldn't be an end in itself. Creation wasn't an end itself. It is an instrument in Gods hands to show his glory.
Ps.8, Ps.19
Is.43/7 is why we were created.

God's sovereignty over Nature

Ps.104 Job 38-41
He can control nature as a means to his end. Eg. the great plagues of Egypt, the parting of the Red Sea and Jordan, The Sun stood still, Sodom and Gomorrah, The Flood

God's Sovereignty in Miracles

In the OT it came generally in 3 time periods

a) The creation of Israel in the Exodus
b) Elijah against the threat of Baalism - this was the greatest threat against true religion that ever was. There were only 7000 left and Elijah.
c)The fall of Israel exile and restoration

I am going to disagree here with Bro. Freeman(looks around nervously)

I'm quoting directly here from my notes on Strange Fire

So were there only 3 primary periods? Of men having miracle working power?

It would be more correct to say that every time in the bible where it takes a close look at a man or a time we see lots of supernatural happening. Most of the bible is just a quick glimpse because to record everything would require a lot of libraries. Wherever it zeros in we see God acting supernaturally.


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Re: OT Theology # 17 God's Sovereignty [message #12485 is a reply to message #12480 ] Sun, 20 May 2018 16:44 Go to previous message
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Gods sovereignty over History

The prophets and writers of the bible saw all history as a drama with all the strings in Gods hands. god has designed history and now is working it out. The events of nations outside Israel were designed to be instruments in his hands. Is. 10

The absolute proof he is Lord of history is the fact that he predicts it will happen before it happens Is.42/9

The Sovereignty over Israels History


1. He delivered Israel in the exodus. Israel had no history until he created the nation
2. He made a nation out of a group of slaves Is.43/1
3. He has restored them as a nation today
Ezek. 20 He is going to purge out the rebels

Gods Universal Sovereignty over all History

Not just Israels but all history.
Amos 9/7 He creates nations
Dan.4/17 He controls nations
Nahum 3/7-10 He destroys nations when they disobey

All the prophets prophesied against the nations. If he can judge them he can control and be sovereign over them. Jer. 27/5

The purpose of god in History

Is.45/6 So that men will know that there is only one God
Is.45/22 His purpose is the key to history
For God to reveal himself in his glory and establish his kingdom on earth

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