If you ask the question, "Does God have the right to do whatever He wants?" the answer must be "Yes!" By definition, Almighty God is all-mighty.
The Old Testament is the narrative of how God chose a group of people to be a special showcase to the world of His power and love.
It might be difficult to understand how God can have a 'special' people and yet judge them severely.
It did not seem fair. Some Jews in Rome did not fully understand how Gentiles could be included in God's family.
Heart-felt prayer is more important than most of us realise. It stems from a deep desire and hunger that God will act in Sovereign power.
Every pious Jew tried to be 'in the right' with God by keeping the rules (God's Law).
The Jewish believers in Rome would have known the Old Testament reference on which these verses are based (Deuteronomy 30:11-14).
Although it might seem shocking to us, some of the Jewish Christians in Rome did not think that the Gentile Christians were 'proper believers in God', because they had not become Jews.
'Blind faith' has no value to followers of Jesus. Faith, if it is to be real, must be based on facts - otherwise it is a delusion.
Faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour is not an invention of the mind. It is not a human idea or 'programmable' mental activity.
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