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Unsearchable Judgments, Inscrutable Ways

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Romans 11:13-36 The outline of Romans we have been working from is:  Romans 1-3:20 Sin Romans 3:21-5 Salvation Romans 6-8 Sanctification Romans 9-11 Sovereignty Romans 12-16 Service With the end of Romans 11, we are coming to the close of the section on sovereignty. Since we are talking about the sovereignty of God, Romans 11 comes to an end with a hymn. Romans 11:33 starts this hymn of praise saying: Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ( Romans 11:33 ESV ) When we contemplate God’s sovereignty, we are confronted with His greatness, His unsearchable judgments and His inscrutable ways. The salvation that God provides displays His riches. As we are told in Ephesians 1:4, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, ( Ephesians 1:3 ESV ) The spiritual blessi

Chosen

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Romans 11:1-12 The descendants of Israel (Jacob) are known as God’s chosen people. Even today, if one speaks of the “chosen people,” most people understand this is a reference to the Jews. Along with the association of the Jews with the “chosen people,” the land now occupied by the nation of Israel is known as “the promised land.” The terms “chosen people” and “promised land” have a long and storied history, dating back to the time of Abraham. The bulk of our Bible contains the history, law, poetry and prophets of the chosen people, and most of the events and stories we study and teach in the Church took place in the Promised Land. God promised much to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the nation of Israel. Jeremiah 31:3 says: Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. ( Jeremiah 31:3 NLT ) However, it does not seem like God has shown much love to Israel. Less than 100

A Contrary People

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Romans 10 Ancient Israel serves as an example for us. Their crossing of the Red Sea shows how God rescues His people from slavery. Their journey through the wilderness shows how God provides and cares for His people. Pharaoh and his army chased the people and when they had nowhere to go, God opened a way through the Red Sea and drowned Pharaoh’s army in that same sea. In 40 years in the wilderness, they received manna from heaven every day except the Sabbath. In addition, their clothes and shoes never wore out God rescued and provided for His people. 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us: Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. ( 1 Corinthians 10:11 ESV ) Both the good and the bad are included in the example. God’s provision and God’s judgment are examples for us. The Israelites’ wanderings and grumblings, as well as their victories are examples for us. God is n