From now to the end of our reading in June, we will be going back to reading two chapters a day. That’s good for getting better context of the authors thoughts!
I am super glad we started the two chapters/day, today!! It would be really hard to understand ch. 9 if we didn’t keep reading through ch.10!
Chapter 9 is such a good chapter to remind ALL people that God doesn’t owe anyone salvation. Remember in 3: 23, Paul wrote, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Yet, by his grace (a gift, 3:24) salvation is given to those who have faith in Jesus (3:26). It is to those people (the ones with faith) he choses to have mercy (9:15-16). He hardens those who have turned away from him (Rom. 1:24).
These chapters, read together, show that God’s sovereignty (ch 9) and human responsibility (ch 10) are not mutually exclusive. I like how my commentary put it, they are “compatable”.