His Ways are Higher – 11/7/20

Mike Engelsgjerd

Romans 11:28-32  – “From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. 

 

   If you were a Gentile believer at that time, what would you think of the Jews? You might wonder how the Jews- supposedly God’s people- could be so hostile towards their Messiah. Through animosity toward Christ and His followers, they seemed to forever forfeit their place as God’s covenant people. 

     If you were a believing Jew at that time, what might you think? You might wonder how God could seemingly forsake His people. Israel’s unbelief might seem irreversible- the greatest tragedy in history.  

     Paul explains that God partially hardened Israel and brought Gentiles into the fold, but He has not cast Israel away. It can seem like a hard or complex truth, but this passage gives a snapshot of God’s majestic and glorious plan of salvation. When we encounter the unsearchable judgements and unfathomable ways of God, we must not freeze in confusion, sink in despair, or complain in frustration. Rather, we must praise Him for His unsearchableness and unfathomableness, for in this we recognize the magnitude of His nature, the depth of His riches, and the gloriousness of His Being. 

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. 

To Him be the glory forever! 

Amen