“For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.” vs. 32
Many times it’s not easy to figure out what Paul is up to in his letter to the Romans, particularly because the topics that were of intense interest to him seem insignificant to us. In this chapter, for instance, he wants to show that the Jews are not out of the picture as far as God is concerned since the gifts of God are irrevocable. Their disobedience did not negate God’s mercy, but instead made it possible to for God’s mercy to even be extended to Gentiles…who had also been disobedient. In fact, the one thing Jews and Gentiles have in common is disobedience…and that’s a good thing, because it means that God is merciful to all! If that seems convoluted, we just have to live with it…and squeeze out some good news for us too. The bottom line is that every person among us is a sinner. And while that’s not a cool thing to say in our hip culture and society, it’s still the truth. Every one of us falls short of the glory of God…and we regularly disappoint ourselves and others. Sometimes even our mothers don’t like us very much! Sin is what we all have in common. And, here’s the good news, sin cannot separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. God is merciful to us all.
Thought for the Day: What do I have in common with the President?