Esther - The Mysterious Movements of God - John Van Sloten

February 19, 2006

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we will hear a 2500 year old Hebrew story entitled, Esther. Itís a powerful parable about the nature, presence and workings of God

From the Heidelberg Catechism, 1563 Q & A 27
Q. What do you understand by the providence of God?
A. Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God 1
by which he upholds, as with his hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, 2
and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain and drought, fruitful and lean years, food and drink, health and sickness, prosperity and poverty. 3
all things, in fact, come to us not by chance 4
but from his fatherly hand. 5
1 Jer. 23:23-24; Acts 17:24-28
2 Heb. 1:3
3 Jer. 5:24; Acts 14:15-17; John 9:3; Prov. 22:2
4 Prov. 16:33
5 Matt. 10:29

Q & A 28
Q. How does the knowledge of God's creation and providence help us?
A. We can be patient when things go against us, 1
thankful when things go well, 2
and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from his love. 3
All creatures are so completely in his hand that without his will they can neither move nor be moved. 4
1. Job 1:21-22; James 1:3
2. Deut. 8:10; 1 Thess. 5:18
3. Ps. 55:22; Rom. 5:3-5; 8:38-39
4 Job 1:12; 2:6; Prov. 21:1; Acts 17:24-28

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