March 17 - To Him Be Glory Forever (Romans 11:23-36)
Prepare for Sunday worship by using the guide below.
Look And See
All Creatures Of Our God And King
Glorious And Mighty
Come Behold The Wondrous Mystery
All Glory Be To Christ
Behold Our God
Josh Herring will continue teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers:a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
27 “and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
In chapters, 9-11, Paul has taken much time and effort to explain the question of, ‘Did God’s word fail because so few Jews were entering the church as it spread to the ends of the world. Paul says the word has not failed. His answer was that a partial hardening has come upon Israel and the gospel has gone forth bearing fruit among the Gentiles. God's plan is to use the joy of the Gentiles over the riches of the gospel to arouse interest in Israel to reclaim Jesus as their Messiah. The mystery of this salvation of interweaving the destinies of Jews and Gentiles into one new man is to leave us breathless. In fact, Paul ends his teaching on the mystery of salvation by erupting into praise and worship for God’s majesty. This is the right response to the things of God that stretch our abilities to grasp. If this is not where you end up, then we have missed the mark.
Review and Apply
Why has God hardened the hearts of some Jews?
What are the various ways Paul uses Israel?
How does Paul call for humility among the Gentiles? How does this still help us walk in humility?
How has your attitude or understanding changed about God's salvation?
Why are the scriptures necessary for right worship, contemplation and enjoyment of God?
How do deeper doctrines lead to deeper worship? Give an example.
Why is it right for God to seek his own glory?
How can you live for his glory? Give three specific examples.