Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Hosana “Lord Save us”Romans 11: 16-36
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Romans 11: 33-36
Apostle Paul under the direction of the holy spirit has unleashed his theological genius and has recorded for us the most systematic presentation of the gospel. Now verses 33-36 are what we call doxology. A doxology is a short-condensed anthem of praise. So, when we look at verse 33 he begins with “Oh” as an exclamation of awe. The “depth of the riches” probably refers to God’s grace in bringing about the salvation of both Jews and gentiles (Rom 11:12; Eph 3:6-8). The “Knowledge of God “means God’s knowledge of us, not our knowledge of God.
God’s plan of redemption was brilliant. From the very beginning of time, he utilized Christ to reconcile the world to himself. Even before there was a world, mankind or sin, Christ was purposed and foreordained as the perfect spotless lamb of God to be our sin substitute (1Peter 1:19-20). God knew what would happen with the creation of man, sin would seep in and ruin the paradise He created, but even despite this knowledge He chose to create us. God knew Israel would reject Him as the Messiah, but he still sent Jesus to the cross as the ransomed for many.
Because of his infinite wisdom and knowledge he had the plan all worked out, he knew the end from the beginning and he knew what he would do to bring the world back to himself.
The riches of God’s wisdom and knowledge manifest His complete, comprehensive, and sovereign ultimate plan. Not only is He omniscient in that plan, but he executes it with wisdom.
Whatever wisdom and knowledge man might have, it does not compare to the infinite extent of God’s. Our wisdom is only a passing glance at what God is about. He knows your thoughts before you have them and your words before you speak them. God’s “knowledge” is perfect. knowledge is God’s comprehensive and immediate awareness of all facts past, present, and future. God's exhaustive knowledge of us is both frightening and comforting. it’s frightening in that you can’t hide anything from God. The comforting thing about God’s exhaustive knowledge is that even though he knows our weaknesses and sins. He doesn’t cast us off but blesses us with His gracious promises in spite of our weakness.
How unsearchable are His judgments! God’s judgments are how He executes His righteousness and justice. God’s judgment on gentiles included giving them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, degrading passions, and depraved minds. (Rom 1:24,26.28) God’s judgment for the Jews meant hardening most of them, giving them a spirit of stupor, eyes to see not, and ears to hear not. Christ will judge all the people by the testimony of their faith the good works of the righteous in evidence of their faith, and the evil works of the wicked in evidence of their unbelief.
Father God, how great is your mercy, how deep your riches, wisdom, and knowledge are! How unsearchable is your judgment! Protect our minds and heart from the things of this world. Open our eyes to seek you more. In Jesus' name Amen.
Thought for the day
Faith is the light that guides you through the darkness.
Mrs. Mary Roy
Epiphany Mar Thoma Church