Day 12: Romans 11
“What about Israel?”
This is a question that Paul’s opponents often asked. If Israel is God’s chosen people and they have rejected Christ, what will happen to them?
Paul acknowledges that Israel has, for the most part, rejected faith in Christ. He begins this chapter by asking if that means that God has rejected Israel. His response is another resounding “no.” After all, Paul himself is an Israelite who has come to faith in Christ and has been saved, showing that this is possible for all Jewish people. Paul refers to the smaller subset of Jewish people who have turned to Christ as a remnant, comparing them to the remnant of those in Israel who had not bowed to Baal in Elijah’s day. By His grace, God has set aside this remnant of Jewish Christians as true Israel.
Paul end the chapter with a prayer of praise about the vast un-knowable-ness of God.
33Who could ever wrap their minds around the riches of God, the depth of his wisdom, and the marvel of his perfect knowledge? Who could ever explain the wonder of his decisions[x] or search out the mysterious way he carries out his plans?
34 For who has discovered how the Lord thinks
or is wise enough to be the one
to advise him in his plans?
“Who has ever first given something to God
that obligates God to owe him something in return?”
36 And because God is the source and sustainer of everything, everything finds fulfilment in him. May all praise and honour be given to him forever! Amen!
These last couple of verses are a prayer of praise (doxology) to God for the wisdom of his plan. Although God’s methods are beyond what we understand, God himself is not random, he has order. He governs the universe and our lives with perfect wisdom and love.
Verses 34 and 35 ask the questions of who fully knows the mind of God. Answer: No one.
God alone is the possessor of absolute power, wisdom, love and forgiveness.
All of us are dependant on God. He is the source of all things, including ourselves.
He is the power that sustains.
He works for the good of those who love him.
God who holds the world in his hands, who flung stars into space, who understands you and me better than we know ourselves. Deserves all the praise and glory.
Today, spend some time today acknowledging the unbelievable power of God.
Make a list.
Thank God for this creation when you are out walking.
Find 10-20 different things that you can thank God for (e.g. family, laughter, health).
Verse 36 says this: “May all praise and honour be given to him forever! Amen!”