Friday, December 28, 2007

Heidelberg Catechism: Lord's Day 10

Q27: What do you understand by the providence of God?

A27: The almighty, everywhere-present power of God,[1] whereby, as it were by His hand, He still upholds heaven and earth with all creatures,[2] and so governs them that herbs and grass, rain and drought, fruitful and barren years, meat and drink,[3] health and sickness,[4] riches and poverty,[5] indeed, all things come not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.

1. Acts 17:25-26 2. Heb 1:3 3. Jer 5:24; Acts 14:17 4. John 9:3 5. Pro 22:2; Psa 103:19; Rom 5:3-5

Q28: What does it profit us to know that God created and by His providence upholds all things?

A28: That we may be patient in adversity,[1] thankful in prosperity,[2] and for what is future have good confidence in our faithful God and Father, that no creature shall separate us from His love,[3] since all creatures are so in His hand, that without His will they cannot so much as move.[4]

1. Rom 5:3; James 1:3; Job 1:21 2. Deu 8:10; 1Th 5:18 3. Rom 8:35, Rom 8:38-39 4. Job 1:12; Acts 17:25-28; Pro 21:1; Psa 71:7; 2Co 1:10

DF questions:

a) Read Acts 17:25-26, Heb 1:3, Col 1:17, Eph 1:11. Make a list of things God is in control of.

b) Read Jer 5:24. Is God in control of the weather?

c) Read Deu 28:1-2, 4. What sort of human actions affect the environment?

d) What therefore, is the greatest need of any nation (even if its starving)?

e) Read Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28, 35. Using terms straight from the text, explain how Christians should view hardships.