Torrey - God -5.5- The extent of God's care and government

V. THE EXTENT OF GOD'S CARE AND GOVERNMENT.

Matthew 6:26, 28-30 — "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 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?"

Matthew 10:29-30 — "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

First Proposition: God's care and government extend to all His creatures.

Genesis 39:21 — "But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison."

Daniel 1:9 — "Now God had brought Daniel into favor and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs."

1 Kings, 19:5-7 — "And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him and said unto him, Arise and eat.

And he looked, and behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a ruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink and laid him down again. And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee."

Second Proposition: God's care, ministry, and government extend to the individual. Matthew 10:29-30 — "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered."

Third Proposition: God's care, ministry, and government extend to the minutest matters. Psalm 76:10 — "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain."

Genesis 50:20 — "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive." (See also Romans 9:17,19.)

Acts 2:22-23 — "Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken and by wicked hands have crucified and slain."

Job 1:12 — "And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord." Job 2:6 — "And the Lord said unto Satan, behold, he is in thy hand; but save his life."

Luke 22:3 — "And Satan entered unto Judas who was called Iscariot, being one of the number of the twelve.

Fourth Proposition: God's control and government extend to the wicked devices and doings of evil men and of Satan, and He makes even these work out His own glory and His people's good. (Compare to Romans 8:28 — "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.")