Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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OUR GOD CARES
1 Peter 5:5-7

5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.    6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. (NAS)

Introduction
Does God Care? Some say we are just kind of would up by God a let go to make for our self. Some say God can be directly involved in a persons life but rarely does. Most Christians say God is involved in the every day affairs of their life.

This humorous story conveys what many Christians believe is true. A woman was at work
when she received a phone call that her daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication for her daughter.

When returning to her car she found that she had locked her keys in the car. She was in a hurry to get home to her sick daughter, she didn't know what to do, so she called her home and told the baby sitter what had happened and that she did not know what to do. The baby sitter told her that her daughter was getting worse. She said, "You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door".

The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been thrown down on the ground possibly by someone else who at some time or other had locked their keys in their car. Then she looked at the hanger and said, "I don't know how to use this."

So she bowed her head and asked God to send her some help. Within five minutes an old rusty car pulled up, with a dirty, greasy, bearded man who was wearing an old biker skull rag on his head. The woman thought, "God, Is this what you sent to help me????" But, she was desperate, so she was also very thankful.

The man got out of his car and asked her if he could help. She said "Yes, my daughter is very sick......I stopped to get her some medication and I locked my keys in my car, I must get home to her. Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car." He said, "SURE". He walked over to the car, and in less than one minute the car was opened.

She hugged the man and through her tears she said, "THANK YOU SO MUCH..... You are a very nice man." The man replied, "Lady, I am not a nice man. I just got out of prison today. I was in prison for car theft and have only been out for about an hour." The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud......   "THANK YOU, GOD, FOR SENDING ME A PROFESSIONAL."
 
 

1.    Our God Cares Through Judgement. v 5 


5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud,

A.    Judging the Opposition to His . . Commands. v 5 a
            "You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; . . . "

Command.
ATR = [Be subject] [hupotageete (grk 5293)]. Second aorist passive imperative of [hupotassoo] (grk 5293)

Younger - Elder.
ATR = [Unto the elder] [presbuterois (grk 4245)]. Dative case. Here the antithesis between younger and elder shows that the word refers to age, not to office as in <1 Pet. 5:1>. See a like change in meaning in <1 Tim. 5:1,17>

B.    Judging the Opposition to His . . Clothing. v 5 b
". . . and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, . . . "

Clothe
ATR = First aorist middle imperative of [egkomboomai] (grk 1463), a late and rare verb . . . here only in the New Testament, . . . like the knot of a girdle). [Engkombooma] was the white scarf or apron of slaves. It is quite probable that Peter here is thinking of what Jesus did (<John 13:4> ff) when he girded himself with a towel and taught the disciples, Peter in particular (<John 13:9> ff), the lesson of humility John 13:15. Peter had at last learned the lesson John 21:15-19.

Vin. = Bengel paraphrases, "Put on and wrap yourselves about with humility, so that the covering of humility cannot possibly be stripped from you."
 

Illustration
A young boy lived with his grandfather on the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Often, just to hear the sound of his own voice echoing back to him, he would go outside, cup his hands around his mouth, and shout, "Hello!" Up from the canyons the reply reverberated, "Hello ... hello ... hello ... hello ...." Then he would call out, "I love you ... I love you ... I love you ... I love you ... I love you ...."

One day the boy seriously misbehaved and his grandfather disciplined him severely. Reacting violently, the child shook his fist and screamed, "I hate you!" To his surprise, the rocks and boulders across the mountainside responded in kind: "I hate you ... I hate you ... I hate you ... I hate you ... I hate you ...." And so it is in life. Call it one of the immutable laws of human nature. We get in return exactly what we give. It all comes back. Incredible echoes mirror our actions to an emphatic degree, sometimes in greater measure than we give. The results are often embarrassing, or tragic.

Application

God is opposed to the Proud. When we are judged we should see the Echo of our sin in the Counteraction of God.
 
 

2.    Our God Cares Through Grace. v 5 c - 6


". . . but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,

A.    The . . Requirements of God's Caring Grace. 5 c- 6 a
            ". . . but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves, therefore,

    1.    Requirement of Humility. v 5 c
            Some form of the word Humble In the New Testament..
                Only used 11 times in KJV.
                Only used 19 times in NAS.

The famous O. T. verse. (Micah 6:8 NASB)
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?

    2.    It must be our choice. "Humble Yourself"
            The Example of Jesus. (Phil 2:8 NASB)
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

B.    The . . Residence of God's Caring Grace. v 6 b " . . under the mighty hand of God, . ."

    1.    This is more of an old Testament kind of phrase.
Vin. = [Mighty hand] [krataian (grk 2900) cheira (grk 5495)]. A phrase found nowhere else in the New Testament, but occurring in the Septuagint, <Ex. 3:19; Deut. 3:24; Job 30:21>

    2.    Simon may also speak from personal example.
 

C.    The . . Rewards of God's Caring Grace.
            ". . . that He may exalt you at the proper time,"

    1.    The . . Conditions and the Rewards.
                "He may Exalt you"

    2.    The . . Clock and the Rewards.
            "at the proper time,"

Illustration
F. B. Meyer once said: "I used to think that God's gifts were on shelves one above the other; and that the taller we grew in Christian character the easier we could reach them. I now find that God's gifts are on shelves one beneath the other. It is not a question of growing taller but of stooping lower; that we have to go down, always down, to get His best gifts."
 

Application

A man can counterfeit love, he can counterfeit faith, he can counterfeit hope and all the other graces, but it is very difficult to counterfeit humility.     Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899)
 
 

3. Our God Cares Through Mercy. v 7


                "casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.

A.    The . . Requirement for this Mercy. v 7 a
            ". . . casting all your anxiety upon Him, . . . "

    1.    We have to trust Him by casting our cares upon Him.

ATR = [Casting] [epiripsantes (grk 1977)]. First aorist active participle of [epirriptoo] (grk 1977), an old verb, to throw upon, in the New Testament only here and <Luke 19:35> (casting their clothes on the colt),

Vin. = [Casting] [epiripsantes (grk 1977)]. The aorist participle denoting an act once for all; throwing the whole life with its care on him..

Vin.= Anxiety "Not every anxiety as it arises, for none will arise if this transferrence has been effectually made."

B.    The . . Recognition for this Mercy. v 7 b "... because He cares for you. "
    1.    Mercy: Is not Getting what you do deserve.
    2.    Grace: Is getting what you don't deserve.

ATR = "it is a care to him."

Vin. = [He careth] [melei (grk 3199)]. Meaning the "watchful" care of interest and affection.

Vin. = Pride is at the root of most of our anxiety.

    13.    To human pride it is humiliating to cast everything upon another and be cared for.
 

Illustration
The British express train raced through the night, its powerful headlamp spearing the black darkness ahead. The train was carrying Queen Victoria.

Suddenly the engineer saw a startling sight. Revealed in the beam of the engine's headlights was a weird figure in a black cloak, standing in the middle of the tracks and waving its arms. The engineer grabbed for the brakes and brought the train to a grinding halt.

He and his fellow trainsmen climbed out to see what had stopped them. They could find no trace of the strange figure. On a hunch, the engineer walked a few yards farther up the tracks. Suddenly he stopped and stared into the fog in horror. A bridge had been washed out and had fallen into a swollen stream. If he had not heeded the ghostly figure, the train would have plunged into the stream.

While the bridge and tracks were being repaired, the crew made a more intensive search for the strange flagman. But not until they got to London did they solve the mystery.

At the base of the engine's headlamp was a huge moth. The engineer looked at it for a moment, then on impulse wet its wings and pasted it to the glass of the lamp. Climbing back into his cab, he switched on the lamp and saw the "phantom flagman" in the beam. He knew what had happened: the moth had flown into the beam, seconds before the train reached the washed-out bridge. In the fog, it appeared to be a phantom figure waving its arms.

When Queen Victoria was told of the strange happening she said, "I'm sure it was no accident. It was God's way of protecting us."

Application

1. Our God Cares Through Judgement.

Our God Cares Through Grace.

3. Our God Cares Through Mercy.