Romans Lesson 16 Day 4

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8. “What shall we conclude then? Is there injustice upon God’s part? Certainly not!” (AMPC)

It’s difficult for us to comprehend God’s plans. Thankfully, He doesn’t struggle to see the big picture the way I do. Are we to conclude people like Pharoah, Pilate, the Sanhedrin, Hitler and others fulfilled their God-given destinies?

According to the Aramaic translation, “Although the Greek implies God hardens hearts, the Aramaic is more of a Hebrew idiom, “God gives permission for them to be hardened.” This implies the hardening of the heart is from within the individual. (Footnote on Romans 9:18 TPT)

So is it better to say God chose them because He foreknew their hearts?

According to Exodus 7:137:228:158:198:329:7, and 9:34 we read that Pharaoh also hardened his own heart–signs of “unbelief and rebellion.” Paul doesn’t raise that point “because he is emphasizing the freedom of God’s action in all cases. (Harrison)”.

9. a. Romans 9:20-21

When reading these verses, it’s important to remember the nature of our potter/creator/Father.

In Romans 8:14-15, Paul writes, “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”

God is our sovereign creator, our Father. He created us to look like him. 

He loves us so much, he sent his only begotten Son.

We can trust Him even when we don’t understand. 

And we must also honor and esteem him with reverence.

b. “God doesn’t call the equipped — He equips the called.” (unknown)

One of the worst things we do is argue with God when he calls us to do something we don’t feel capable of or qualified for. I feel that way every week when I work on these lessons. I pray that what I post makes sense and does not confuse or mislead anyone. 

Brothers, consider your calling: Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen what is foolish in the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen what is weak in the world to shame the strong. God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29 HCSB)

Sarah and Abraham laughed when God’s messenger said they would have a son about that time next year. They thought about their aging bodies and considered it impossible.

When God called Moses, he questioned God’s choice because he was afraid of public speaking. “Please, Lord, I am not a talented speaker.I have never been good with words. I wasn’t when I was younger and I haven’t gotten any better since You revealed Yourself to me. I stutter and stammer. My words get all twisted.” (Exodus 4:10 Voice)

Gideon had serious doubts when God called him to turn the tide against Israel’s enemies. (Judges 6-8)

10. I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy.

Remember what mercy is. Mercy is not getting what we do deserve. God is never less than fair with anyone, but fully reserves the right to be more than fair with individuals as He chooses.

i. Jesus spoke of this right of God in the parable of the landowner in Matthew 20:1-16.

ii. We are in a dangerous place when we regard God’s mercy towards us as our right. If God is obliged to show mercy, then it is not mercy – it is obligation. No one is ever unfair for not giving mercy. (Guzik)


“God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. 

See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways–the path that brings me back to you. Psalm 139:23-24 TPT

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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 16 Day 4 ~ Romans 9:14-21