“For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” Romans 11:32
Paul now has brought up some interesting points on disobedience. God had to have a perfect sacrifice in order to take away the sins of the people. Jesus was to be that perfect sacrifice. The Israelites had to disobey God in order for Jesus to be crucified on the cross. Their disobedience was the benefit to all Gentiles. Without Jesus dying on the cross, no Gentile could be saved.
Moving on to the Gentiles, Paul also states that they were bound to disobedience for the sake of the Israelites. God is able to show mercy to the Gentiles and bring them salvation through Jesus. Salvation is the very thing the Israelites were seeking from God in the Old and New Testament times. They are still seeking it to this day. When they start seeing God working in the lives of Gentiles, providing favor and salvation, it will stir their hearts to seek God more. It will create a jealousy that God is saving the “filthy” Gentiles instead of themselves. This will allow God to open their hearts to Jesus and receive the gift of salvation that He provides.
It is only by the mercy of God that anyone can be saved. It is not by any works that a person does. You cannot earn your salvation and it does not come by natural inheritance. It is only a gift of mercy from God.
The Israelites only saw salvation by earning it or by blood inheritance. Most only people see it the same way. Salvation is offered to everyone freely.
God bound everyone to disobedience because everyone has chosen to sin against Him since the time of Adam. God is using this disobedience to bring about His purpose. His goal is to save everyone, both Jew and Gentile.
Where do you see yourself in God’s plans for this world? Are you striving to live in obedience to Him?
Are you open to everyone having an opportunity to know Jesus and be saved by Him?
Are you telling everyone about what Jesus has done for them?
I pray today that you will know the mercy God has for you; that you will know the mercy God has for others; that you will know what Jesus has done for you and others; and that you will tell others about Jesus so He can show His mercy to them.