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supreme sovereignty shows up in creation. He is the creator of heaven and earth. He is the supreme creator of mankind and every beast and every creeping thing. With just his word alone, things came into being. The trees, the sky, the oceans, insects, animals, and mankind were all created by the supreme, superior, powerful God. Colossians 1:16 sums it up by saying, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”24God’s Sovereignty in ProvidenceProvidence is defined as the protective care of God. Throughout the Bible, God showed his complete sovereignty and control through the protection of his chosen people. His superior ______________________________21 The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible King James Version. Indianapolis: B.B. Kirkbride Bible Co., Inc., 1988.22 Ibid.23 Ibid.24 Ibid.7
power and authority was shown through his protection of great men in the Bible. Psalms 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.”25“God is sovereign over Satan’s work – including Satan’s delegated world rule, angels, hand in persecution, life-taking power, hand in natural disasters, sickness-causing power, use of animals and plants, temptations to sin, mind-blinding power, and spiritual bondage.”26God’s sovereignty is definitely present in the book of Jonah. Jonah disobeyed God and wanted to flee from Tarshish. He paid the fare, so that he could flee. God is sovereign and showed his sovereignty when he sent a great wind and a mighty storm. This shows that God is in control. Although Jonah tried to escape the presence of the Lord, he couldn’t. When the men threw Jonah into the sea, God showed his sovereignty in providence by protecting Jonah. He allowed a fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. God protected Jonah from the sea. He allowed the fish to vomit up Jonah onto dry land. God was in complete control of Jonah’s situation. He conjured the storm, and he also protected Jonah from the winds, the waves, and the sea by allowing the fish to shield him against the sea. In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden image and made a decree that when the peoplehear the sound of the music, they were to worship the golden image. King Nebuchadnezzar said that everyone who did not bow down and worship the golden image, would be thrown into the burning fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to disrespect God and bow down to the golden image. King Nebuchadnezzar became so furious that he commanded them to ______________________________25 The Thompson Chain-Reference Bible King James Version. Indianapolis: B.B. Kirkbride Bible Co., Inc., 1988.26 Guthrie, Shirley C. “Human suffering, human liberation, and the sovereignty of God.” Theology Today54, no. 1 (April 1996): 22-34.