May 25: Romans 9-11

-God’s Unique Relationship with Israel

Often people focus on only one side of God’s character; either His goodness and mercy or His holiness and justice. But we cannot divide God that way. When He passed before Moses God gave a complete self-description.

Exodus 34:5-7

Now the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”

Paul exhorted the Gentiles to consider that God’s treatment of Israel showed both His mercy and His discipline.

Romans 11: 22 

Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

Paul’s reminder is as important to us today as it was then. We all need to recognize God’s character through His witness – Israel.

PRAY ALL PEOPLE WILL RESPOND TO GOD’S GRACE AND MERCY

Housestead was one of many forts built along Hadrian's wall to protect the Roman empire from barbarian tribes in northern Great Britain.
Housestead was one of many forts built along Hadrian’s wall to protect the Roman empire from barbarian tribes in northern Great Britain.

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