Monday, October 10, 2011

Murray on Romans 11:33-36: A Response of Adoring Amazement

I completed a series through Romans chapters 9-11 on Sunday morning with a message on Paul's doxology (11:33-36).  Here is an insight from John Murray's Romans commentary on this passage:
If we are sensitive to the depths of the design here stated, we must sense the unfathomable, and we are constrained to say:  God’s way is in the sea and his paths in the great waters:  his footsteps are not known (cf. Psalm 77:19).  This was the reaction of Paul himself.  Hence the exclamations:  “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (vs. 33).  It is not the reaction of painful bewilderment but the response of adoring amazement, redolent of joy and praise.  When our faith and understanding peer to the horizons of revelation, it is then our hearts and minds are overwhelmed with the incomprehensible mystery of God’s works and ways (Romans, Vol. 2, p. 103).

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