Day 10: Romans 9
Romans chapter 9 brings a shift in focus to the condition of Israel and Paul speaks of his great sorrow and continual grief of Israel’s rejection of God. I was reminded of the burden we must all have for those that don’t know Jesus, but also; what could I learn from the Israelites in this passage. There are three things that immediately stood out to me about the personage of God and His purpose.
– God is faithful – We read here that the Israelites rebelled against God time and time again, despite seeing incredible miracles or being the chosen people. Yet God who is rich in love and mercy (Ephesians 2:4) gave them opportunity after opportunity to turn back to Him and the text states in verse 27 “a remnant shall be saved.” God never gave up on them. 2 Timothy 2:13 says “He is faithful, even when we are faithless”. No matter what we face in this season, God neither faints nor is weary (Isaiah 40:28), is always faithful and we can fully rely on Him.
– Purpose of God – Israel rejected God at times, but His purpose was accomplished and Jesus’ lineage still came through the Israelites. Isaiah 55:11 says that “His word does not return void, but will accomplish what it pleases”. The text shows that God’s purposes can be accomplished through broken and imperfect people; it takes faith in Him and putting that trust into action, like Abraham. Abraham was included in the lineage of Jesus, he had faith in God and His purpose was fulfilled even though he had to wait for it. What God said He will do, He shall accomplish. 2 Corinthians 1:20 “His promises are yes and amen.”
– God’s grace – the Israelites were still trying to attain salvation by justifying themselves through their efforts of following the law and did not accept Jesus as the Messiah; but we are “saved by grace through faith, not of works” (Ephesians 2:8). They saw Jesus Christ as a stumbling stone instead of their saviour. Vs 33 “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense. And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” It takes faith to receive the grace of God and it is humbling to admit that you need Jesus. We might know this truth, but I am reminded how important it is to live as one saved by the grace of God.
The Israelites rejected God, put Him on the side-lines of their lives and were missing out on an incredible relationship with Him; but God is faithful, His purposes never fail and His grace is a wonderful gift for all, it just takes a step of faith on our part. God never fails.
Have a blessed week,