Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 7
January 27, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<468> Thesis: God's expansion of His "vessels of mercy" efforts to the international community had a significant theological backdrop in the rebellion of Israel. Introduction: In our studies of Romans 9, where the bottom line is the answer to the question of whether the Word of God is "trustworthy", we have come to Paul's explanation for God's decision, in regard to His plan to build a community of "vessels of mercy", to expand that community into an international group. So that is where we are going to be this evening. Before we go there, however, I wish to reiterate the point that Paul's burden in Romans 9 is to establish the trustworthiness of the Love-based Word of God. That is to say, it is not his burden to establish the likeability of that Love-based Word. The issue of what a person "likes" has far too much to do with his/her perception of both what constitutes "living" and what actually promotes it. Men are beyond notorious for getting both the objective and its means wrong so that Paul simply does not attempt to get them to "like" his doctrine. What he does do is attempt to get them to believe that God means what He says without regard for whether we "like" it, or not. So, having said that, we are now going to look into Paul's explanation of God's decision to reverse Babel and return to a global, international plan for bringing into existence a Queen for His Son's Kingdom.