But if the flying straw and gnat display His wonderful works, what will He not have done in and for man? They forget that all arguments other than those of the mathematician can be assailed again and again, and are always open to question. But there are also individual visitations in which God makes Himself felt in every human life; some of these are so striking and significant that even the most careless soul can only put them away by an effort; some of them so quiet and commonplace that only the spiritually minded will see God's hand in them at all. We must therefore get into the right way of thinking about things; we must consider, we must read much in starlight; we must bring the right scale to bear upon the events which disturb us so much, and then they will disturb us no longer. Let us, then, hasten on, that in the infinite we may see the Father, to consider —II. To answer text, see intellectual giants: Paul, Caesar, Shakespeare, Newton.III. Men need such a view. They express a conviction which lies at the root of all natural as well as all revealed religion. When sordid ambition has spent its life; when the hand has gripped its last possession, then memory awakes either as a mocking spectre or as an angel of peace. There are some aspects of nature which sometimes make it difficult to believe that there can be any real communion between the Creator and ourselves. He is dependent for everything. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Psalms 8:4 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "WHAT IS MAN?" and the son of man, … And we are not told that we are the only persons concerned in the work of redemption. Take care! Privilege of approach to the Nest High. A. The aim of the Gospel is spiritual, to save men from sin, and hence moves in a sphere entirely distinct from that of astronomy. In these three particulars we shall discover in him, side by side, the grandeur and the meanness of his nature.1. In favour of this is the consideration that so the truth of the spirituality of the soul is maintained, and of the simultaneous creation of both. WHEN WE PASS FROM MAN'S OUTWARD NATURE TO HIS INTELLECTUAL, HIS SUPERIORITY IS MORE FULLY SEEN. This dominion, whence was it? Yet just as mighty as is the foe, so glorious is the victory. "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?" There is another and very different form of visitation that is quite as truly of God. To ask God to deal with us separately and apart is to forget that He guides the whole universe by laws which are fixed, irreversible, and irresistible. 6. CONSIDER SOME OF THE REASONS WHY JEHOVAH UNFOLDS HIS CHARACTER IN HIS WORKS. And what is there wonderful, other than being unusual, m that Christ should be born of a virgin? Now he turns his observation on himself, apparently mean and insignificant, and perceives that lie is the object of God's special and distinguishing care. It teems with marks of purpose and intelligent design. WHEN WE PASS FROM MAN'S OUTWARD NATURE TO HIS INTELLECTUAL, HIS SUPERIORITY IS MORE FULLY SEEN. One of the most plausible of the objections of unbelief has been the attempt to prove fallacious the prospects which Christianity offers to men beyond this world. And now it is by His Spirit, who strives with each man's soul; who meets us in prayer, and in our worship in God's house.5. If a man is worth so much to God, he surely ought to be of great value to himself.4. It has been irreverently asserted by an atheistic writer that the heavens no longer declare the glory of God, but of Newton and Laplace. And while he thinks and feels, he observes the laws of his own thoughts and feelings. In God's moral universe His higher glories are displayed, because there He manifests His moral attributes. What are we but microscopical insects, crawling in indistinguishable multitude upon the face of a planet, which, in comparison with the countless orbs of space, is itself no more than a grain of stardust? And, as a fact, the child resembles the parent in temperament, that which is of the body, but not in genius or will. 3. He is not worthy of the least Of all Thy mercies at the best. What these are we may infer from the manner in which God regards them.II. The subject of man's redemption is that into which the angels desire to look. Now, would it not take away from His glory if His creative power had called forth so many worlds in the immensity above us, but His preserving and sustaining power could not keep pace with it? But man cannot sin without Divine assistance. If men would do this they would be religious, but they are frivolous — "What is in the paper this morning?" And mind is immortal. 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