God The Great Shepherd – Part 1

Speaker: Scott Jarrett | Sep 20, 2020

This study will present the biblical doctrine of God’s sovereignty (rule/governance/control), that unlike the theories of Evangelicalism, preserves the equally biblical doctrine of human free-will.

  1. God exercises His sovereignty (rule/governance/control) in relation to everything that exists (Psa 135:6).

This includes:

1.1. Celestial bodies (Jos 10:12-13; Psa 105:28 w/Exo 10:21-23; Psa 147:4; Jer 31:35-36; Mat 27:45)

1.2. The weather and seasons (Gen 7:12-13, 8:22; Deu 11:11-12; Job 5:10; Psa 105:32-33 w/Exo 9:23-24, Act 14:17)

1.3. The physical properties/laws of the universe (1Ch 16:30/Psa 96:10; Jer 31:35b = Gravity; Jer 33:25 – “fixed order of heaven and earth” = Physical laws of heaven and earth; Col 1:17; Heb 1:3)

1.4. Global events, and personal calamity (Psa  29:10/104:5-9; Isa 45:5-7; Lam 3:37-39; Amo 3:6)

1.5. The path of pestilence, plagues, viruses , diseases, dementia and mental illness (Exo 9:13-15; Deu 28:20-22, 28; Jer 14:12, 21:5-6)

1.6. The attitude and actions of all types of animals (Deu 32:24; 2Ki 2:23-24; Job 39:13-30, 41:1 w/33; Psa 105:30-31, 34-35 w/Exo 10:4; Jer 15:3; Dan 6:22; Jon 1:17; Gen 9:2)

1.7. Who/what becomes the dominant leader, nation, culture, society or system of government  (1Ch 29:11-12; Dan 2:20-21, 37-38 w/1:3-5 [“language and literature of the Chaldeans” = culture]; Dan 4:25-26, 34-35; Isa 2:1-4 [“ways” = culture]; Isa 42:24; Jer 27:5; Joh 19:11).

1.8. Who wins the coin toss or battle (Pro 16:33, 21:31)

1.9. The path, decisions and actions of angels/demons (Jdg 9:23; 1 Sa 16:14-15,16, 23, 18:10, 19:9; 1Ki 22:19-23)

1.10. The path, decisions and actions of all types of people (great/small, righteous/wicked) (Gen 20:6; Deu 2:30; Pro 16:4, 9, 21:1, 20:24; Psa 37:23, 105:23-25; Jer 10:23; Act 4:27-28, 17:26; 2Th 2:11; Rev 17:17).

 

 

  1. God possesses the right to exercise His sovereignty (rule/governance/control) in relation to everything that exists since He is its Creator and Owner (Gen 1:1, 27 – “male and female He created them” = God is the One Who determines a person’s gender/sexuality; 14:18-19 – “Possessor” = Owner; Gen 24:4; Exo 20:11, 31:17; Deu 4:39, 10:14; Jos 2:11; 1Ki 22:19; 1Chr 16:26; Neh 9:6; Job 41:11; Psa 8:1-8, 19:1, 24:1, 33:6-15, 50:10-12, 74:16-17, 89:11, 96:5, 10, 102:25, 103:19, 115:15, 121:2, 124:8, 134:3, 136:5, 139:13, 146:5-6; Pro 3:19, 8:22-31; Isa 37:16, 40:8, 42:5, 44:24, 45:12, 18, 48:12-13, 51:12-16; Jer 32:17, 51:15; Jon 1:9; Zec 12:1; Mat 19:4; Joh 1:1-4; Act 14:15, 17:24; 1Co 15:38-41; Col 1:16; Heb 1:10; 2Pe 3:5; Rev 10:5-6, 14:7). 

 

  1. The purpose of God exercising His sovereignty (rule/governance/control) is the accomplishment of His purposes, plans, promises or prophecies (Eph 1:11).

 

  1. All that God purposes, plans, promises or prophesies will be perfectly accomplished (Gen 50:20; Num 23:19; 2Ch 20:6; Isa 14:24, 27, 40:25-26, 43:13, 46:8-11, 55:10-11; Jer 25:11 w/Dan 9:1-2; Jer 44:27-28; Psa 33:6-11; Job 42:2; Ecc 3:14; Pro 19:21; Mat 10:29; Rom 9:11).

 

CLOSING CONTEMPLATION: How does God exercise His sovereignty (rule/governance/control) over everything that exists and perfectly accomplish His purposes, promises and prophecies while at the same time never destroying the free-wills of image-bearing creatures (angels and humans)?