Sunday, July 16, 2023

God's Sovereignty Over the Nations - Nathan Rages

The OT prophets repeatedly taught that God is sovereign over the actions of rulers and the affairs of nations.  This message explores five areas in which God exercises this authority and control over them: 
1.  God plans all events everywhere (Isaiah 14:27, 37:26-29, 40:15-17, 46:9-10).
2.  God puts rulers into (and out of) power (Daniel 2:21, 4:17,29-32).
3.  God controls rulers’ decisions (Proverbs 21:1, Isaiah 10:5-15, Ezekiel 21:21-22, 2Samuel 17:14, 1Kings 12:15).
4.  God determines military outcomes (Proverbs 21:31, Judges 7:2, Psalm 44:5-7).
5.  God punishes nations for their sins. (Jeremiah 18:6-10, 46-51, Isaiah 13-27, and Ezekiel 25-32).

By way of application to ourselves as believers, these truths should:
1.  Comfort us.
2.  Prompt our worship.
3.  Make us pray.
4.  Encourage us about (global) evangelism.

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