Thursday Morning: 04 Apr 2019 – Romans 11:25-36 ~ the mystery of God’s mercy

Thursday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Romans 11:25-36 (NLT)

God’s Mercy Is for Everyone

I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters, so that you will not feel proud about yourselves. Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved. As the Scriptures say,

“The one who rescues will come from Jerusalem, and he will turn Israel away from ungodliness. And this is my covenant with them, that I will take away their sins.”

Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy. For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone.

Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his ways!

For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? And who has given him so much that he needs to pay it back?

For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
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Morning Reflection:

“I want you to understand this mystery, dear brothers and sisters,
so that you will not feel proud about yourselves.
Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts,
but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ.
And so all Israel will be saved.” – Romans 11:25-26

What’s the mystery?

+ It’s a mystery why Israel rebelled against God after He chose them, blessed them, and entered into an everlasting covenant with them.

+ It’s a mystery why Israel rejected God’s Son and chose instead to remain in bondage to the Law under the old covenant.

+ It’s a mystery why God used Israel’s unbelief to show mercy to Gentiles who were previously excluded under the old covenant.

+ It’s a mystery why God shows mercy to anyone at all, since everyone is imprisoned to disobedience.

+ It’s a mystery why God shows mercy to everyone who acknowledges Christ regardless of their ignorance or previous rebellion.

+ It’s a mystery as to when and how Israel will acknowledge Christ and share in the promise of the new covenant.

Nevertheless – The people of Israel “are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.” – Romans 11:28b-29

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever wondered why God, in Christ Jesus, chose to show His mercy to you? Please explain.
  • How are God’s dealings with Israel a reason for humility instead of pride? And how does that affect your view of Jewish people? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that it’s impossible to understand God’s decisions and ways? What role does God’s Word and Spirit play in this? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that “everything comes from [God] and exists by his power and is intended for his glory?” How does that apply to your present circumstances? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Sovereign God: Your decisions and ways are beyond my understanding – I am humbled by the mercy that you have shown me. All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to you –  in you I live, and move, and have my being. Use me for your glory. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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“His Mercy Is More” – The Acappella Company

What love could remember no wrongs we have done
Omniscient, all knowing, He counts not their sum
Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

 

Praise the Lord
His mercy is more
Stronger than darkness, new every morn
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What patience would wait as we constantly roam
What Father, so tender, is calling us home
He welcomes the weakest, the vilest, the poor
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more

What riches of kindness he lavished on us
His blood was the payment, His life was the cost
We stood ‘neath a debt we could never afford
Our sins they are many, His mercy is more
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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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