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As He saith also in Hosea: “I will call them `My people,’ who were not My people, and `her beloved’ who was not beloved.” And, “It shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, `Ye are not My people,’ there shall they be called the children of the living God.” Romans 9:25-26 KJ21

Paul cites the prophet Hosea (Hosea 1:8ff.), whose son was named Lo-ammi to point out that idolatrous Israel was not God’s people. But God also promised through Hosea that He would make a people who were not His people to be called His people and the children of the living God through faith in the promised Messiah and Savior, Jesus Christ.

O LORD God, we were born into this world not your people and in rebellion against You. We thank You for graciously making us Your beloved children by revealing to us forgiveness and life through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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“The Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law.” Romans 9:30-32 KJV

Many people outside Israel, who did not have the Scriptures, heard the Gospel and attained righteousness through faith in Christ Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. Many in Israel, who had the Scriptures, failed to attain righteousness because they sought to be righteous by their own works under the law rather than through faith in Christ Jesus, who kept the law for them and atoned for their sins by His death on the cross.

Grant that I despair of my own righteousness under the law and look in faith to Christ Jesus and His cross that I might be counted righteous in Your sight, O God. Amen.

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“What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory, even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?” Romans 9:22-24 KJV

Some would fault God for their own unbelief, but who are we to fault God when He finally hardens those who continually reject the truth of His Word and the work of His Spirit? And, how thankful we can be when God graciously brings us undeserving sinners to repent of our sins and place our faith in the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus!

Thank you, merciful Holy Spirit, for patiently enduring my sinfulness and working through Your Word to bring me to repent and place my faith in Christ Jesus, my Savior. Amen.

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“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:15-16

Many think that God’s choosing is based upon some goodness or willingness in us, but God’s Word teaches us that God’s mercy and His election are entirely of His grace. We all deserve His wrath and punishment. The fact that some are brought to faith in Christ and receive God’s mercy is entirely of Him.

O gracious and merciful God, thank You for having mercy upon my soul and granting me faith and life in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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“Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” Psalm 1:5-6 KJV

When Christ returns in judgment, the ungodly will be condemned and their way of life shall perish. Only those who repent of their sinful ways and look to the Lord Jesus Christ and His cross for mercy will stand in that day.

O gracious God, have mercy upon us, forgive our sins for Jesus’ sake, and grant us a place in Your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

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