Summary of passage: All is in God’s mercy and God’s plan. All is just. God (being God) can do what He wants. He made us. He chooses us for His purposes.
8 ) Part personal Question that’s completely unnecessary. My answer: Paul is just using past examples that his listeners would understand to drive home his point: God can do whatever He wants and we have no right to question it. It’s all in His will for His purposes and for His glory. I understand this completely.
9a) Like I’ve repeatedly said to this same line of questioning in this lesson and YESTERDAY’S. God whom made us can do whatever He wants and us stupid humans have no right to question His authority or His reasons or His justness.
b) I think people today think everything should be fair and should line up with their idea of justice and really don’t care about God and what He thinks. They waste so much precious energy and time, trying to figure out a way to be fair and just instead of just letting God handle it. In essence, people need to get over themselves.
10) Personal repetitive question I’d rather not answer again. My personal repetitive answer again: God shows me mercy every day as I fail Him constantly by calling me back and embracing me. When I’m far, He is near. When I stray, He guides me back. When I fall, He picks me up. When I sin, He forgives. When I hate, He loves. When I need Him, He is there.
Conclusions: Paul is expounding on his points from the first part of Romans 9. This is just a continuation. Poor job by BSF on the repetitive questions.
End Notes: Frequently, Paul interrupts his writing with a question or series of questions. In doing so, he is imitating the style he learned from the rabbis in his earlier training.
God clearly explains His right to give mercy to whomever He pleases in Exodus 33:19.
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.
Jesus spoke of this right of God in the parable of the landowner in Matthew 20:1-16.
God allowed the Pharaoh of Moses’ day to rise to power so that God could show the strength of His judgment against him, and thereby glorify Himself. Sometimes God will glorify Himself through showing mercy; sometimes God will glorify Himself through a man’s hardness.
We should not think that God persuaded an unwilling, kind-hearted Pharaoh to be hard towards God and His people. In hardening the heart of Pharaoh, God simply allowed his heart to pursue its natural inclination.
Does the sovereign right of God to choose relieve man of responsibility? If someone asks, “How can I go against God’s choice?”, Paul says we are not to ask because God is the creator and has the right over all things including us. God chooses AND we are responsible. This is what God says. Deal with it.
Paul is not silencing all questioning of God, but he is speaking to those with an impenitent, God-defying attitude who want to make God answerable to them for what he does and who, by their questions, defame the character of God.