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Summary: We should not think God unfair. God's mercy is far wider & higher that anyone dare hope, but no one is entitled to it & no one can demand from God an accounting or the principles on which He bestows mercy & grace nor that He should bestow it differently t

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ROMANS 9: 14-18

IS GOD UNJUST?

[1 Peter 2:6-10]

Has God's plan gone awry because Christ was rejected by the very people who were prepared for Him, meaning the Jews? Our passage previously has revealed that as always some open their hearts to God's revelation while others hardened their hearts. Yet if God elects and selects as He did with Isaac and Jacob, isn't He unfair? In verses 14-18 we encounter another preliminary stage in the developing argument for God sovereignty, particularly as it deals with Israel. [Which culminates in chapter 11 and the guaranteed wholesale turning to the Lord of Israel.]

When some receive the light and others do not, the operating of God's grace can be seen. But if God does not reveal the principles on which He makes His choices [or decisions], that is no reason to call His justice into question. He is the Merciful and Compassionate One.

God's right to choose is seen not only in Abraham's children and grandchildren, it is seen elsewhere. In tonight's text we see it operating in God's dealings with the King of Egypt who stubbornly refused to heed God's Word and warnings. Here we learn that the audacity and rebellion of man can never thwart the purposes of God. God has a right to deal with the obstinate and defiant as He so chooses.

We should not think God unfair though. God's mercy is far wider and higher that anyone dare hope, but no one is entitled to it and no one can demand from God an accounting or the principles on which He bestows mercy and grace nor that He should bestow it differently than He does. God's mercy and grace may impose conditions but they cannot be made subject to man's conditions. Bless God though, for He delights to show mercy and has lavished it upon mankind.

I. God's Choices Are Not Arbitrary, 14.

II. God's Choices Are Merciful, 15-16.

III. God's Choices Overrule Evil, 17-18.

In verse 14 a question is introduced asking if God ever makes unjust choices? "What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!"

Was God unjust in choosing Isaac over Ishmael, and Jacob over Esau? [The Greek negative particle (m) with a question implies a negative response.] The emphatic responds is, "Never at all!" A lot of people have a real problem right here. [They see God as being unfair in acting outside or before mankind's purview; his freedom of choice and his responsibility for actions.] They want to know how could God choose to love Jacob, and hate Esau before they were even born?"

The answer is simple. It is because God is sovereign. The mystery to me is not that God hated Esau. The mystery to me is that God loved Jacob, and an even greater wonder is that He loves me, a conniver just like Jacob.

Did God choose correctly? Read your Bible and you'll see that Esau wasn't interested in spiritual things, but attracted to carnal things. Yes, God chose correctly—He always does. [Courson, Jon: Jon Courson's Application Commentary. Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, 2003, S. 952.]

II. God's Choices Are Merciful, 15-16.


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