Today's Mental Image:
Huge Rock In The Middle Of The Road
The church, who pursues a law of righteousness, has not attained it.
The people of the church are not acceptable to God.
Why not?[Taken from Romans 9:32 MSG]
"We're Not Second Guessing God! We Already Know What He Wants."
"WE KNOW WHAT HE MEANS!!"
Now Let's Listen To Paul A Little More Carefully!
-How can we sum this up? All those people who didn't seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives. And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their "God projects" that they didn't notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling. Isaiah (again!) gives us the metaphor for pulling this together:
[Romans 9:20-33 MSG]