Today I continued my study in the Book of Romans, Chapters 9, 10 and 11. This is kind of an aside from Paul to the Jewish people of the day. I found many eye-opening things in this, my third trip through this area of the Bible.
Paul’s Love for His People
In Romans 9:2-5 Paul makes it clear how much he loves the Jewish people, his people. He is willing to go to hell on their behalf. He is willing to make that ultimate sacrifice with his eternity.
Paul discusses the fact that God has the choice with what He will and will not do. When God says he will punish someone, He has the right to relent later if they repent prior to the receipt of the punishment. This is entirely up to the sovereignty of God. I compared this to Jeremiah 18:1-10:
“1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying, 2 ”Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. 4 But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter ; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 6 ”Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. ”Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. 7 ”At one moment I might speak concerning a nation or concerning a kingdom to uproot, to pull down, or to destroy it; 8 if that …read more
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