Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 5: Saturday
Today’s Bible reading is Romans 11–12. In chapter 11, Paul finishes writing about God’s purposes in bringing in the Gentiles to be saved. As I said last week, chapters 9–11 can be controversial. Read them with humility, and don’t read them unless you’ve already read Romans 1–8, and understand the nature of man’s sinful rebellion and the mercy and love of God in sending His Son. Before you start reading chapter 9, read the last four verses of chapter 11. From there go back to Romans 9, and read these chapters as a sinner saved by the grace of God. (See last week, Romans 9–10: God & His Mercy).
One word you’ll see repeated in this section is the word, mercy. Surprised? If you’ve read Romans 1–8, you will understand why mercy is used, and your words will echo Paul’s praise at the end of chapter 11.
In chapters 12–16, Paul will instruct us on how to live with other people. What are his opening words?
“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”
Paul has spent eight chapters telling us of the mercies of God. Now read what your response is to be.
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