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God’s way is higher than our way (Isa 55:9). This is not only true for everything we experience in our daily life, but it is especially true for God’s masterpiece – his plan of salvation for all his people.
Through the prophets of ancient Israel, God revealed the coming of an anointed King, the Messiah, whose Kingdom shall last forever. As a result, people naturally thought of a warrior who would bring Israel, the chosen people of God’s Covenant, to its revival and will rule the world forever. But it did not happen that way. Instead, he came as a poor carpenter who was despised by his own people, so much so that they ended up killing him in the most gruesome way – nailing him on the cross. Surprisingly, this was used by God to accomplish his salvation for the Gentile through Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. The transgression of Israel brought spiritual riches for the world, and their loss brought spiritual riches for the Gentile (Rom 11:12). This is how God’s plan works.
But this does not mean God has abandoned his covenantal people (11:1), for “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable (11:29). The purpose of this approach was twofold. First, it serves as warning to the Gentiles that they should not be arrogant, but be afraid (11:20). God is gracious and stern, and his salvation for us needs to be worked out with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12). Second, the salvation for the Gentile is to make Israel envious (Rom 11:11), so that they may come back to the Lord in repentance. Consequently, they too may receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to the Gentile (11:31). “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!” (11:33).
Hindsight is always 20/20, but it is only beneficial to us if we ponder the wonders God has done in our lives. Romans 11 may be the chapter in which Paul prophesized that all Israel will be saved eventually (11:26), but more importantly, it should also assure us about the unsearchable depth of God’s wisdom in carrying out his plan. Ultimately, we may learn to surrender to his sovereignty and become like his Son. When that happens, we will then exclaim wholeheartedly: “God’s way is indeed higher than my way”.
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