or 32 and four-tenths tons per day. Encyclopedia Britannica, 11: ? ?The heart does about one-fifth of the whole mechanical work of the body ? a work equivalent to raising its own weight over 13,000 feet an hour. It takes its rest only in short snatches, as it were, its action as a whole being continuous. It must necessarily be the earliest sufferer from any improvidence as regards nutrition, mental emotion being in this respect quite as potential a cause of constitutional bankruptcy as the most violent muscular exertion.?
Before the days of the guillotine in France, when the criminal to be executed sat in a chair and was decapitated by one blow of the sharp sword, an observer declared that the blood spouted up several feet into the air. Yet this great force is exerted by the heart so noiselessly that we are for the most part unconscious of it. The power at work is the power of God and we call that exercise of power by the name of preservation. Crane, Religion of Tomorrow, 130 ? ?We do not get bread because God instituted certain laws of growing wheat or of baking dough, he leaving these laws to run of themselves. But God, personally present in the wheat, makes it grow, and in the dough turns it into bread. He does not make gravitation or cohesion, but these are phases of his present action. Spirit is the reality and matter and law are the modes of its expression. So in redemption it is not by the working of some perfect plan that God saves. He is the immanent God and all of his benefits are but phases of his person and immediate influence.?
II. PROOF OF THE DOCTRINE OF PRESERVATION. 1. From Scripture.
In a number of Scripture passages, preservation is expressly distinguished from creation. Though God rested from his work of creation and established an order of natural forces, a special and continuous divine activity is declared to be put forth in the upholding of the universe and its powers. This divine activity, moreover, is declared to be the activity of Christ as he is the mediating agent in creation and he is the mediating agent in preservation.
<160906> Nehemiah 9:6 ? ?Thou art Jehovah, even thou alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things that are thereon, the seas and all that is in them, and thou preservest them all?; <180720>Job 7:20 ? ?O, thou watcher [margin ?preserver?] of men!?;
<193606> Psalm 36:6 ? ?thou preservest man and beast?; 104:29, 30 ? ?Thou takest away their breath, they die, And return to their dust. Thou sendest
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