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THE HANDIWORK OF GOD

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Sermon shared by Dennis Davidson

November 2007
Summary: As we look at our unsearchable universe and our brievity of life in it, people can feel their true insignificance. When we connect ourself to the love of its Creator we can find our true significance.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
ISAIAH 40:21-26
THE HANDIWORK OF GOD
(Hebrews 1:10-11)

Godís majestic work as Creator is now emphasized. Isaiah describes Godís power to create, His provision to sustain and His presence to help. From His sovereign position in heaven God watches over His created universe. Nothing or no one can be compared with our transcendent God. God is almighty and all-powerful, but even so He cares for each of us personally. Isnít that awesome? ... that the Sovereign of the Universe cares for you?

I. THE GOD OF CREATION, 21-22.
II. THE NOTHINGNESS OF MAN, 23-24.
III. THE IN-CONTROL GOD, 25-26.

Letís jump down to verse 21. I love Isaiahís awareness here. "Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?"

News about Godís sovereign power is not new. It has been evident to one and all since the beginning of time. God existence and amazing power has been evident since the foundation of the cosmos itself for the inanimate cosmos itself could not be responsible for such grandeur and intelligent life. Isaiah boldly proclaims that the Lord is the "unmoved mover" (Aristotle) behind His awesome creation. So many who see and hear are blind and deaf toward God.

God is also the Governor of the world. Look at the first half of verse 22. "It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers."
Twenty-two hundred years before Christopher Columbus, God said our planet was circular (The Hebrew word encompasses the concept that the earth is a sphere) and not flat. Here it was in Godís Word all along. Science acts like it is superior to Scripture, but Iíll take Godís explanation every time.
If you feel small when you imagine Godís creation, itís because you are! God says weíre like grasshoppers! Picture yourself on a hot summer night out on the deck with your family and friends having a barbecue. How much do the grasshoppers in your lawn affect your evening? A little background noise maybe? Hardly a distraction.
Thatís the entire human race before God and His awesome purposes.
Verse 22 continues to declare that the Heavens Are Godís Handiwork. God "Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in."
The word heavens describes all of Godís created universe. In the beginning He said, "Now, letís make the universe" and poof ... as easily as you put up an umbrella, it was all there. Do you have any idea the immensity of the universe God spoke into existence? For many years Iíve tried to find a decent description. Try this on for size: Weíre on planet earth, and we are 93,000,000 miles from the sun. Imagine that distance as the thickness of a piece of paper. From the earth to the sun, 93 million miles equals a piece of paper.
With that in mind, the distance to the nearest star is a stack
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