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Summary: With our finite mind and limited understanding there are some choices God has made that simply overwhelm our senses, but Paul makes an attempt to explain one of the most difficult choices God has made...

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Date Written: August 4, 2012

Date Preached: August 5, 2012

Where Preached: OPBC (AM)

Series Title: A Journey thru Romans

Sermon Title: Gaining Understanding of God’s Choices

Sermon Text: Romans 11:11-24 [NLT]

Introduction:

People make decisions/choices all the time that we don’t understand… our children make choices that break our hearts… our family members make choices that we don’t understand… those we work with make decisions that baffle our minds… the politicians elected to public office make decisions that ENFLAME some and baffle others…

A couple of weeks ago we looked at the 1st part of this chapter and we saw that God was a choosing God… that God had chosen, that God was still choosing and that God’s desire is for you to choose Him… in other words, God has made many decisions and there are MANY of those decisions that we may question or simply do not understand.

There are 2 decisions in nature that I don’t understand about God… 1) the platypus… is it a duck, is it a beaver, is it a bird or is it a mammal… why did God choose make this animal like He did… I will NEVER understand that decision! 2) is the mosquito… REALLY GOD… the mosquito… what purpose does it serve… why would you create such an annoying and dangerous creature?

I don’t understand those 2 things and I will not ever comprehend why God decided to create those two things… but the fact of the matter is that it was God who created the universe and I was NOT brought in as a consultant or advisor! So when I see it from that perspective I know that I am just out of my league when it comes to understanding!

God has blessed humanity with a great deductive mind and the reasoning to understand not only THAT things happen but also WHY they happen as well… but there are still some things that we KNOW but don’t fully comprehend or understand!

From a physical and scientific standpoint there are so very many examples of things we don’t understand and cannot explain…

Such as the bumblebee… with its shape and size of wings it is aerodynamically impossible for the bumblebee to fly, and yet… there it is flying around almost effortlessly pollenating all the flowers around it…and then there is…

Life itself… and how it is beyond explanation: Scientists know the mechanics of how life begins with the egg being fertilized… but how that fertilized egg becomes the human it becomes is beyond our ability to understand!

So if there are things in this physical world that happen and occur and we cannot grasp its reason or how it happens… then why is it when we come upon a spiritual truth from Scripture that we don’t understand… that we feel we MUST simply make an explanation?

Understanding God is about knowing His word, His heart and His plan… Knowing these things come from reading His word and praying everyday for Gods revelation in your heart.


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