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The Spirit in emphasizing the sovereignty of God always places Nature as subservient to His Will. Psalmist rightly praises Him clothed with honor and majesty. “Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment”. It is to this the Spirit refers in the second chapter of the Book of Genesis “And they (Adam and Eve) were both naked, the man and his wife and were not ashamed (Ge.2:25).” His creation acquires as it were the glory of God. Such a transfer is scattered throughout the narrative. Before God made a covenant with Abraham God commanded him to offer him a sacrifice and what should be included was given in detail. Abraham after having done accordingly waited. By sundown ‘a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him (Ge.15:12).’ Presence of God renders the place where he stood project supra real emotional intensity and Abraham could feel it, . We see similarly at a time Jacob is fleeing from Esau his elder brother whom he worsted twice unfairly, and at Bethel God revealed a vision to him. He woke up and was certain the Lord was present there. “And he was afraid, and said, “How dreadful is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven (Ge.28:18).”From whence did he acquire this knowledge? Foreknowledge is often transferred, invisible things of God to help us. The Spirit guides us in all truth and it is a gift God has assured us. It is the glory of God that gave the earth a form and to His children serves as guideposts as it were in their ministry. This we see in the Acts of the Apostles St Paul changed his plans since the Spirit had forbidden him to go to Asia. “During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, Come over to Macedonia and help us.(Ac.16:9)”
Natural laws and divine laws run parallel so God’s sovereignty ensures Nature shall manifest His glory whenever it is called upon. This is palimpsestic memory of Nature.

Such memory establishes the blessing of God over man whom He chooses as instrument regardless of his merit, and it works for the greater glory of God. Nature acknowledges the glory of God as His due. Let us consider an example to illustrate palimpsestic memory. The Children of Israel under the leading of Moses complained of not having water to drink. We have a commentary from St Paul and  “and drank the same spiritual drink; for they (the children of Israel) drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ (1 Cor.10:4-NIV). We are examining the second instance when God commanded Moses to speak to the rock. But he smote it instead, therefore not honoring Him before Israel. The rock did as was in the earlier instance. The rock gushed forth since palimpsestic memory of the rock acknowledged what significance it held. It was the Spiritual rock that accompanied them. Christ was that rock.

Here is another instance. What was the miracle of the withered fig tree? It failed to recognize the Son of man was exempt from the curse of God. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God he told Adam thus: “Cursed is the ground for thy sake (Ge,3:12)”. When Jesus approached the tree and found nothing thereon, but leaves only he cursed it and it was thus withered away directly.(Mt.21:19-20).


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