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The Plans of Man and the Providence of God (27 of 32)
Series Intro: Today we begin a series of sermons I'm calling, "God Built". We are teaching throught the 13 chapters of Genesis devoted to the life and times of this man Joseph. More chapters are given to Joseph than any other character in Genesis.
It is significant that God gives such a wealth of biblical space to the making of this man Joseph when you consider the fact that God gave the stars of the sky one verse.
In the words of John Phillips, "This serves to teach us that God is more interested in making saints than making stars".
The key verse in this whole section in found in Genesis 50:20 (NAS)
20 "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
The key theolgical idea is the doctrine of Providence.
You see the Bible teaches that God works in a couple of different ways.
• His seen hand of Miracle. This is when God lifts the curtain and lets you get a glimpse of his power, his glory.
• His unseen hand of Providence. This is where God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him and are the called according to his purpose.
• Islam's view of providence is one of fatalism. That is to say that your choices, plans, decisions amount to nothing. God will do what God will do. So eat drink and be merry.
• The Armenian view of providence is that of a God who refuses to involve Himself directly in any of man's decisions or plans and God can only say what will happen based upon his ability to peer into the future. So man is ultimately Soverign over the affairs of life.
The Biblical View is neither. Man makes decisions are are incredibly important, he is accountable to God for the decisions that he makes. However God is bigger than the decisions of man and able to cause all things to work together to accomplish ...
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