Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 5: Sunday
Today’s Bible reading is Romans 9–10. In chapters 9–11, Paul expresses his grief over Israel’s rejection of Jesus and discusses God’s bringing in the Gentiles along with the Jews to be His people. This section of the Bible can be controversial, to say the least. Read it with humility, and don’t read it unless you’ve already read Romans 1–8, and understand the nature of man’s sinful rebellion and the mercy and love of God in sending His Son. Before you begin to read these chapters, go to the end of chapter 11, and read these verses first:
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?
Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?
Now go back to Romans 9, and as you read, read as a sinner saved by the mercy and grace of God. Remember from Romans 3, that there is no one righteous—absolutely none—every mouth is closed and the entire world is accountable to God. It is only by His mercy that any are saved.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.
The Bible speaks of God’s sovereignty from Genesis to Revelation. Paul’s response was, “To him be glory forever. Amen.” May that be your response as well.
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