Paul closes the discussion of Israel with a reminder that we serve a mighty God. Paul speaks of the mystery of Israel’s fate in a form and fashion of a God Who is all-powerful, all-knowing and, in all-places, and times at once. God simply was not surprised by Israel’s rejection of the Lord Jesus. As Paul spoke in Romans 8, God works all things together for the good for those that are His chosen.
As Paul so carefully reminds us, the Lord worked the spreading of the gospel to the world through Israel’s rejection. In the same way, He will use the world’s treatment of himself to draw His chosen nation back into relationship as well. We are simply not able to comprehend the entire plan. Further, we simply cannot begin to understand the mind and the ways of God.
One thing we do know, is that God’s riches and wisdom are unfathomably deep. We also know that His judgement is unsearchable, and paths are untraceable. No man has nor can understand the mind of God. No person can outthink, counsel or strategize for God. Many have tried and invariably made a mess of things. (incidentally, I am in that group.)
We can neither out love, nor can we outgive him. Such is also the case with Israel. God has their fate well in hand. And just as Abraham trusted God and it was counted to him as righteousness. So should we simply trust and follow God’s leads and allow that to work to our sanctification and righteousness as well.
God is God, and sadly we simply are not. We have to learn to rely upon Him for our lives as have all that have gone before us. If we will, we will enjoy a meaningful, full and abundant life here on earth and an amazing eternity in His glorious presence.
God Bless You
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”[g]
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”[j]
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”[k]
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.