April 25, 2015
What does it mean when we say God’s sovereign will?
Does it mean that God, and God alone, determines the absolute truths about what is right and what is wrong, or does the concept of right and wrong depend on the social values established by man?
Does it mean that no matter what man does, God’s predetermined series of events, or God’s plan for the universe, will be completed? In other words, will God’s will be done, no matter the choices that man makes?
Does it mean that God can show mercy to whom He chooses to show mercy to, and wrath to whom He chooses to show wrath to? Do the actions of man determine whether they will receive God’s mercy, or God’s wrath?
God’s actions toward man are always just and righteous because God defines the meaning of the words just and righteous. If this was not the case, and man decided what was just and righteous, then God would not be the sovereign God.
Does the creation have the right to question the actions of the Creator? Can a potter make one vase cherished and special and the other vase ordinary and common? Does the potter’s creations have the right to challenge the work of the potter?
These are the questions that Paul will answer in our lesson today. Certainly the sovereignty of God is one of the more difficult concepts for a stiff-necked, willful, and arrogant, mankind to accept. But God is sovereign, God is also merciful, and we have much to be thankful for that both of these facts are true.
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April 17, 2015
What made God choose Israel as His special people?
What made God choose Abraham over the other pagan worshippers in the land of the Ur of the Chaldees?
Why would God choose Isaac over Ishmael for the promise of the covenant?
Why would God choose Jacob over Esau to be the father of the children of the promise?
God in His sovereign wisdom made the Jews a peculiar treasure unto Himself, and it is through them that God has communicated to the whole world His absolute truths about right and wrong. Every single prophecy of the end times that we have, and every single Scripture we have, has come from God through the Jews. And with God there is no changing. His words were true then, and they are true today. What was sin then, is sin today.
Listen to this podcast to understand that God’s dealings with Israel were based on His divine wisdom. By His divine wisdom, God knows those who are the children of the promise.
But, God's promises were not for everyone just because they were a natural born Israelite! Rather, they are for one who has the faith of Abraham. The father of faith!
16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
In other words, not all the offspring, the natural offspring of Israel, are the real Israel. Paul is telling us that there has always been a remnant within the nation of Israel, and that remnant, whether natural or not natural, has been a spiritual offspring. These are the children of the promise. These are the real Israel. These are the ones whom God will fulfill each of His promises to.
April 4, 2015
Is God through with Israel?
God is very clear in the Bible about His intentions for Israel. He tells us that not one single promise that God has made to Israel will fail to come true. God will keep every single one, and it won’t be because Israel deserves it, but it will be because God is gracious and merciful.
It is important to understand that God’s reason for dealing with the nation Israel in the past did not derive from their exceptional qualities or superior efforts. On the contrary, all of God’s actions are found in His own sovereign will. He functions through mercy in His dealings with Israel and all others, including when He deals with you and me.
Listen to this podcast to learn what God’s Word says is the answer to the questions that so many Christians ask today, What about all of those ancient promises? Are they cancelled now? Where does the Jew stand in relation to God in this new dispensation?