The History of Providence

As Manifested in Scripture

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General Theology, Redemptive History

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Oct 2, 2012

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Whole Bible



Book Description

Alexander Carson lived in an age that was turning away from the revelation of God in Scripture. The dominant philosophy of the times sought to replace the knowledge of the personal, sovereign and provident God of Scripture with a ‘more intelligent belief’ in the impersonal laws of nature (which are, of course, nothing but the physical laws by which God usually conducts his government of the world). If God exists – and that was a big ‘if’ – then he is a God who is far removed from the events of every-day life.

But truth and Scripture teach that all physical laws have their effect from the immediate agency of God’s almighty power. In his works of providence God preserves and governs all his creatures and all their actions. ‘In him we live, and move, and have our being’ (Acts 17:28).

Although Christians recognize this doctrine of Providence, they tend to overlook it in practice. In so doing they lose, in a great measure, that advantage which a constant and deep impression of this truth is calculated to give. In this book, Alexander Carson takes the reader through the Scriptures and points to instances of God’s providence that will provide comfort for all true believers.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

  Biographical Sketch of the Author xi
  Preface xiii
1 Abraham driven by famine into Egypt 1
2 Abraham’s victory over Chedorlaomer 5
3 Providence manifested in the fulfilment of prophecy Every step in the accomplishment of the prediction, with respect to the condition of the Israelites in Egypt, was conducted by the hand of an overruling Providence 6
4 Abraham sitting in the door of his tent 9
5 Providential restraints from evil 11
6 The ram caught by the horns in the thicket 12
7 Expulsion of Hagar from the house of Abraham 14
8 Isaac mocked by Ishmael 16
9 The Providence of God prospering the affairs of Abraham 17
10 Abraham informed about the family of his brother Nahor 18
11 Abraham’s purchase of the cave of Machpelah for a burying-ground 19
12 Success of Abraham’s servant in seeking a wife for his master’s son 21
13 The arrival of Rebekah at the time when Isaac was engaged in communion with God by meditation and prayer 25
14 The fulfilment of the promise of God to Abraham with respect to Ishmael 26
15 Jacob’s purchase of the birthright 27
16 The annoyances of the man of God by the world, under the control of Providence 30
17 Transference of the blessing of Jacob 31
18 Jacob’s immediate meeting with Rachel on his approach to Haran 37
19 Jacob’s prosperity in the service of Laban 39
20 Jacob’s return to Canaan 40
21 Jacob’s meeting his brother Esau on his return from Syria 42
22 Cruelty of the sons of Jacob to the Shechemites 45
23 Jacob’s escape from the vengeance of the Canaanites, on the murder of the Shechemites by his sons 47
24 Reuben’s sin 49
25 The removal of Esau to Mount Seir 50
26 Judah’s secret sin manifested by Providence 51
27 The history of Joseph 52
28 Prosperity of Joseph in bondage 56
29 Joseph’s beauty 59
30 Character of Joseph taken away by false accusation 60
31 Circumstances may be misinterpreted, as well as facts may be forged 61
32 Imprisonment of the chief butler and chief baker 62
33 The chief butler remembered not Joseph 63
34 The same action ascribed to God in one sense, while in another it is the act of man 64
35 The policy of the king of Egypt to retain the children of Israel, the means of his losing them 65
36 Moses raised up by Providence as a deliverer to Israel 67
37 Plagues of Egypt 69
38 Qualification of Bezaleel and Aholiab for making the tabernacle 70
39 Readiness of the people to contribute for the making of the tabernacle 71
40 Request of the Israelites that Moses should receive for them the law from God 73
41 The hiding of the Israelitish spies by Rahab 74
42 The punishment of Adoni-Bezek 77
43 The Kenites inhabit Canaan with Israel 78
44 The Israelites commanded to extirpate the Canaanites, yet some of them providentially preserved to prove Israel 79
45 The Midianites providentially invade and waste Israel on account of their sins 80
46 The dream of the Midianitish soldier 81
47 Jephthah’s vow 82
48 Samson married to a Philistine 83
49 Awful wickedness of the Benjamites 84
50 The history of Ruth 85
51 The people of Israel ask a king 86
52 Loss of the asses of Kish 87
53 Samuel’s delay in coming to Saul at Gilgal 88
54 David, as a type of Christ, brought by Providence into the field against Goliath 90
55 David’s preservation from Saul 91
56 Doeg present when David came to Ahimelech 92
57 David put in possession of the kingdom 93
58 Ill-treatment of the messengers of David by Hanun, king of the Ammonites 94
59 David’s scheme to hide his crime with respect to Bathsheba providentially defeated 95
60 Punishment of David’s crime with respect to Uriah providentially executed 97
61 Ahithophel’s prudent advice providentially rejected by Absalom 98
62 Solomon’s decision with respect to the mother of the child 99
63 Rehoboam’s rejection of the old men’s counsel 100
64 The land of the Shunammite providentially restored 101
65 Jezebel eaten by dogs 103
66 Providential preservation of Jehoash 104
67 Captivity of Israel effected providentially 105
68 The book of the law found in the temple in the time of Josiah 106
69 Captivity of Judah 106
70 Glory and wealth of the kingdom of Israel in the time of Solomon 107
71 Disasters and miserable death of Jehoram 108
72 Wicked people—oppressive rulers 109
73 A way of return providentially opened to the Jews on the overthrow of the Babylonish empire by Cyrus 110
74 Obstacles in the way of the Jews, in building the temple, on their return to Jerusalem, providentially thrown in their way and removed 113
75 Book of Esther 114
76 Book of Job 115
77 Sennacherib sent by God against his people, yet punished for going 117
78 Destruction of Babylon 119
79 Destruction of Tyre 120
80 Famine in Judah 121
81 Field of Hanameel providentially offered for sale 122
82 Life of Jeremiah providentially saved by Ebed-Melech 123
83 Capture and fate of Zedekiah 123
84 Preservation of Jeremiah and of Ebed-Melech in the capture of Jerusalem 124
85 The forgetting of his dream by Nebuchadnezzar providential 125
86 The lot fell upon Jonah 126
87 Jesus in a storm 137
88 The two Gergesene Demoniacs meet Jesus 139
89 The barren fig-tree blasted 140
90 The death of Christ providentially accomplished 141
91 Purchase of the Potter’s Field 142
92 Not this man, but Barabbas 143
93 Dream of Pilate’s wife 144
94 Jesus given up by Pilate 145
95 Adversity no evidence of providential disapprobation 147
96 Appointment of a watch at the tomb of Jesus 150
97 Report of the soldiers that the disciples stole the body of Jesus 152
98 Christ crucified between two malefactors 154
99 Combination of the Pharisees and Herodians to ensnare Jesus 155
100 Jesus brought before Herod 156
101 Cross of Christ borne by Simon 157
102 Christ’s death by crucifixion 159
103 The title on the cross of Christ 161
104 Lots cast for the coat of Jesus 162
105 The legs of Jesus not broken 163
106 The disciples pluck the ears of corn on the Sabbath-day 164
107 Certain disciples minister to the Lord Jesus of their substance 165
108 The calling of Zacchaeus 166
109 The enemies of Jesus restrained from injuring him by fear of the people 167
110 Providential preservation of Peter when he smote the servant of the high priest 168
111 Providential circumstances leading Peter into the situation in which he denied his Master 169
112 Providential meeting of Jesus and the woman of Samaria 170
113 The man born blind 171
114 The sickness of Lazarus 173
115 Thomas not at the meeting of the disciples when Jesus appeared after his resurrection 175
116 The manner of the death of Christians adapted to glorify God 182
117 Population regulated by Providence 184
118 Dispersion of the church at Jerusalem, by the persecution on the death of Stephen 185
119 Tranquillity and prosperity of the churches on the conversion of Saul 189
120 Means of detecting Simon Magus 195
121 Herod eaten by worms 199
122 Contention between Paul and Barnabas 202
123 Paul protected by Gallio’s enlightened views of the duties of the magistrate’s office 204
124 Paul preserved by the Recorder of Ephesus 207
125 Fall of Eutychus from a window in the third loft, during the preaching of Paul at Troas 210
126 Preservation of Paul from the Jews in the temple 212
127 Assault on Paul in the temple providentially afforded him an opportunity of defending himself, and preaching the gospel to persons of the first distinction 214
128 Paul sent to Rome in a providential way 216
129 Providential character of the standard of the Christian religion 226
130 Hesitancy in receiving Paul by the church at Jerusalem 228
131 The incestuous man in the church at Corinth 229
132 Law-suits unbecoming between Christians 231
133 Abuse of the Lord’s Supper at Corinth 233
134 Collection in Greece for the poor saints at Jerusalem 234
135 Paul’s cloak left at Troas 235
136 Timothy advised by Paul to take a little wine for the sake of his health 238
137 Trophimus left sick at Miletum 239
138 Angels created to minister to the heirs of salvation 240
139 Christ the Sun of Righteousness 241



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