Summary: God’s wrath has been revealed throughout history. It is being revealed right now. Why does God show us some demonstrations of his wrath in history? To warn us. To teach us that one day God is going to judge sin.
I heard about a pastor after he would preach a man would say to him, “Pastor, that was a warm message today.” or the man would say, “Pastor, that was a warm sermon” or he would sometimes say, “I appreciate those warm words.” One day the preacher caught him and said, “You’re always talking about the “warm” sermon and the “warm” message what do you mean by that word “warm”? The guy said, “Well, look it up. It means “not so hot!” When it comes to Roman, chapter 9, I’ll tell you, most preachers would just kind of skip over it. I used to be what I call a hopscotch preacher which means I would just skip over from text to text. I would never have dealt with a text like Romans, 9, because it is rather deep. But, a number of years ago, God laid upon my heart to be an expository Bible preacher where we study the Bible verse after verse, line upon line, precept upon precept. That way you are exposed to every portion of the Word of God. Today we are going to be looking at Romans, 9, that we started last week. Do you remember we looked at difficult statements like, God saying, “Jacob I loved; Esau I hated.”? Do you remember we talked about how he was referring really not to individuals, but to nations? We looked last week at the verses where God said, “I’ll have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will harden whom I will harden.” How God hardened the heart Pharaoh after Pharaoh had already started to harden his own heart. When some people read Romans, chapter 9, they just react negatively. They say, “I just can’t understand this.” or “I just can’t believe this!” Well, here in the final part of Romans, 9, the apostle, Paul, is addressing some of those objections.
Look in Romans, 9, verse 19 he already anticipates what his audience is going to say. So he says in verse 19, “One of you will say to me, “Well, then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will? But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? ‘Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?” keep your Bibles open because as we read each section, then we will talk about it.
I. DON’T RESIST GOD’S PLAN—HE WANTS TO MOLD YOU!
1. God’s “shaping process” is often confusing
The first point I think Paul is trying to make here is this. “Don’t resist God’s plan.” Make sure you don’t resist God’s plan for your life because he wants to mold you. He wants to fashion you to shape you. Somebody says, “Well, I feel pretty “moldy” today.” Well, I’m not talking about that. He’s trying to say like a potter shapes clay into something beautiful, God the Father is trying to shape you and me he’s trying to mold us into something. As he is in this process of molding us, we have to understand it’s hard for us to picture exactly where we are in the process. That’s why the first thing I want you to notice about this process is God’s shaping process is often confusing. It is often confusing to us.