Week of February 10 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: 2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 

Day 1 Read: Romans 9:19-24

You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?”21 Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? 22 What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,23 in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— 24 even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles?

Reflect: What is Paul addressing here? How does Paul answer his own question?

Consider: Human logic cannot harmonize divine sovereignty and human freedom, but both are clearly taught in Scripture. God’s sovereignty does not reduce humans to helpless automatons.[1]

Respond: What analogy did Paul use to explain God’s sovereignty over human lives and over salvation? What is the big point Paul is making with this analogy? How is God glorified both in salvation and in judgment? What do you learn about God through His sovereignty and justice that you don’t learn from other aspects of His character?

[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 202.