Stubbornness and Mercy

Photo credit: Brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery so that you won’t become arrogant. The minds of some Israelites have become closed until all of God’s non-Jewish people are included. In this way Israel as a whole will be saved, as Scripture says,

“The Savior will come from Zion. He will remove godlessness from Jacob. My promise to them will be fulfilled when I take away their sins.”

The Good News made the Jewish people enemies because of you. But by God’s choice they are loved because of their ancestors. God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone.

In the past, you disobeyed God. But now God has been merciful to you because of the disobedience of the Jewish people. In the same way, the Jewish people have also disobeyed so that God may be merciful to them as he was to you. 

God has placed all people into the prison of their own disobedience so that he could be merciful to all people.

God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways. 

“Who knows how the Lord thinks? Who can become his adviser?” Who gave the Lord something which the Lord must pay back?

Everything is from him and by him and for him. Glory belongs to him forever! Amen! (‭Romans‬ ‭11:‭25-36‬ (GW)

We (all people) are confined by time, space, and matter, because we live in a finite dimension. Unless God opens up our understanding to His view of things, our thinking is restricted by the limits of the physical world we live in.

We view time in a linear sense (straight line), but God’s view is eternal—ever-present, no beginning or end point. We view things in the past, present, and look ahead to the future, but it’s all right now to God.

There is a time when God will restore Israel back into relationship with Himself. As it says—

God never changes his mind when he gives gifts or when he calls someone.

This is true for all those who have a personal relationship with God. God’s heart of redemption—restoration—is for all, and His mercy endures forever.

Although all of us get locked into a prison of our own making through disobedience to Him (sin), He is merciful to all. He alone holds the key to set us free, when we choose to trust in Him alone and not ourselves. ©Word-Strong_2016