Rev. Zeny Calusay @ FARM Sunday Celebration, October 10,2013
Three statements God is making:
HE IS THE HOLY GOD WHO PUNISHES MORAL EVIL
1. God holds all nature together
Natural calamities generally termed as `acts of God’
Three views where calamities come from: Result of mere natural laws, Satan, Acts of sovereign God according to His purpose
Col 1:16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
Col 1:17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
2. God can influence the weather to bring calamities according to His purpose – Natural evil is the punishment of moral evil: God sends the former when the latter is persisted in. evils, by God’s Providence, punishing the evil of sin
(NIV) When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
(ESV) Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the LORD has done it?
3. Illustrations: The Lord by his Spirit strives with man only up to a certain point.
The Case of Noah’s Days: Genesis 6:3-7
Our Days: Romans 1:18-24
HE IS THE LORD
Shown by the Exodus Account. The purpose for God’s demonstration of His power was repeatedly stated – that people will know that He is the Lord
Israel – God’s people
Exo 6:7 I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
Exo 7:5 And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
Exo 8:10 “Tomorrow,” Pharaoh said. Moses replied, “It will be as you say, so that you may know there is no one like the LORD our God.
Officials of Egypt
Exo 9:14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth.
After all the demonstration of God’s power, God had Israel stand before Him at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Exodus 21:1-5
RECENT illustration: Earthquake in Cebu/Bohol – destroyed 10 churches
HE IS OUR PEACE AND PROTECTION
Psa 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Psa 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
The tempest and fierce display of nature is scary but reveals the power of the one who presides over them. The God who has such power, and can produce such effects, is abundantly able to uphold His people, and to defend them. When we look on the rolling clouds in the tempest, when we hear the roaring of the thunder, and see the flashing of the lightning, when we hear the oak crash on the hills, and see the waves piled mountains high, if we feel that God presides over all, and that He controls all this with infinite ease, assuredly we have no occasion to doubt that He can protect us; no reason to fear that His strength cannot support us.
General Effect of Calamity to Human kind
Forces to think of eternity
Take warning if you know you continue in doing some moral evil
Acknowledge He alone is Lord, the true living God, there is no one beside him
Have peace knowing your God is powerful to protect you