Romans 11 speaks of God’s work among the Jews and among the non-Jews. All of this work is unto His eternal goal, the New Jerusalem.
Mercy is intimately involved in God’s work through the ages. Romans 11:30-32 says,
For just as you [believers not of the Jews] once disobeyed God, but now have been shown mercy because of their [the Jews] disobedience, so these also now have disobeyed, so that because of the mercy shown to you they also now may be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all.
God wants to show mercy to all. He will do it in His way and in His time. Nevertheless, we should cooperate. We should cry out to Him for mercy. We should also come forward to the throne of grace to receive mercy.
We should praise God. We do not understand all His working and cannot comprehend why He does things a certain way, but we should recognize that He is infinitely wise and knows the best way to accomplish everything. Romans 11:33-36 proclaims, “O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!…To Him be the glory forever.”
Finally, in the words of Romans 15:9, “the Gentiles should glorify God for His mercy.” We are objects of His mercy! Let us glorify Him now and unto New Jerusalem.
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