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THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD

Romans 11:30-36


NKJV 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?" 35 'Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?" 36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. NKJV


NASU 30 For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32 For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR? 35 Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN? 36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen. NASU


Introduction:

We sometimes say a person is shallow. We mean they have very little substance to their life. The opposite is also true. A person with much substance to their life is referred to as deep. The text speaks concerning the depth of God's riches. Let us look at several facets of the deep things of God.


1.    THE DEPTH OF HIS MERCY.

       2.    THE DEPTH OF HIS WISDOM.

              3.    THE DEPTH OF HIS KNOWLEDGE.

                     4.    THE DEPTH OF HIS WAYS.

                            5.    DOXOLOGY


1.   THE DEPTH OF HIS . . MERCY. 11:30-32

30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy

       through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that

       through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed

       them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

A.   HIS MERCY TOWARD THE GENTILES.     11:30

30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy

       through their disobedience,


B.   HIS MERCY TOWARD THE JEWS. 11:31

31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown

       you they also may obtain mercy.


C.   HIS MERCY TOWARD THE ALL PEOPLE.       v 32

        32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

 

Illustration  MERCY

It's hard to admit a mistake. But I'm not the only one with this problem. Once when Frederick II, an eighteenth-century king of Prussia, went on an inspection tour of a Berlin prison, he was greeted with the cries of prisoners, who fell on their knees and protested their unjust imprisonment.

While listening to these pleas of innocence, Frederick's eye was caught by a solitary figure in the corner, a prisoner seemingly unconcerned with all the commotion. "Why are you here?" Frederick asked him. "Armed robbery, Your Majesty." "Were you guilty?" the king asked. "Oh yes, indeed, Your Majesty. I entirely deserve my punishment."


At that Frederick summoned the jailer. "Release this guilty man at once,"he said. "I will not have him kept in this prison where he will corrupt all the fine innocent people who occupy it."

   -- Lloyd H. Steffen, The Christian Century, April 29, 1987.


Application:


THE DEPTH OF HIS . . MERCY. 11:30-32


 


2.   THE DEPTH OF HIS . . WISDOM.

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!


       A.   The Riches Of His Wisdom. 11:33a

{33} Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and

       knowledge of God!

              1.    Example Of Solomon.      1 Kings 3:28

When all Israel heard of the judgment which the king

              had handed down, they feared the king; for they saw that

              the [wisdom of God] was in him to administer justice.


       B.   His Wisdom Shared To Man.        Luke 11:49

              "For this reason also the [wisdom of God] said, 'I will send to them prophets and

       apostles, and <some> of them they will kill and <some> they will persecute,


       C.   His Wisdom Beyond Man’s.  1 Cor. 1:21

              For since in the [wisdom of God] the world through its wisdom did not <come to>

       know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to

       save those who believe.


        D.   His Wisdom Shared In The Church. Eph. 3:10

              ". . . in order that the manifold [wisdom of God] might now be made known

       through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly <places>.


Illustration: TOPIC: Wisdom SUBTOPIC: Promised DATE: 2/1986.24

A little boy came to his father and asked him, "Dad, who made God?" The father, engrossed in the evening paper, responded, "Beats me, son." The little boy would not be put off. "Dad, why is the earth round?" The dad answered, "I don't know, son." The boy played for a minute, then asked, "Dad, is there life on other planets?" The father patiently answered, "Nobody knows the answer to that." Finally the boy asked his father, "Dad, do you mind me asking you all these questions?" The father put down his paper, "Why not at all son," he said, "how else are you going to learn?"


Application:


THE DEPTH OF HIS . . WISDOM.



3.   THE DEPTH OF HIS . . KNOWLEDGE. 11:33b

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

 

Introduction:     GOD IS ALL WISE, MANKIND HAS TO ACCUMULATE KNOWLEDGE.


A.   INSTINCTIVE . . KNOWLEDGE. ( BABY SUCKS. )

       1.    May also be revealed from God.


B.   LEARNED . . MENTALLY.


C.   LEARNED Experientially. 




Illustration: TOPIC: Knowledge SUBTOPIC: Divine DATE: 10/1992.5

A South American company purchased a fine printing press from a firm in the United States. After it had been shipped and completely assembled, the workmen could not getting it to operate properly. The most knowledgeable personnel tried to adjust it, but to no avail.


   The company finally sent a wire to the manufacturer, asking for a representative to come and fix it. Sensing the urgency of the request, the U.S. firm sent the designer of the press. When he arrived on the scene, the company officials were skeptical because he was young. After discussing the situation, they sent this cable to the manufacturer: "Your man is too young. Send a more experienced person." The reply came back, "He made the machine. Let him fix it." We are in a similar situation. Only our Creator can fix us.


Application:


THE DEPTH OF HIS . . KNOWLEDGE.




4.   THE DEPTH OF HIS . . WAYS. 11:33-35

33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?" 35 'Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?"


A.   His Ways Beyond Man’s . . CONSCIOUSNESS. v 34 a


B.   His Ways Beyond Man’s . . COUNSEL.    v 34 b


C.   His Ways Beyond Man’s . . CAPITAL.      v 35


Illustration: TOPIC: Way SUBTOPIC: Right DATE: 10/1986.26

Some time ago a scientific magazine published an article concerning a certain species of alligator. Being lazy beasts, they seldom hunt for their dinner but just wait for their unwary victims to come to them. They lie near the bank with open mouths, acting as if they are dead.


Soon flies begin to light on their moist tongues, and several other insects gather. This crowd attracts bigger game. A lizard will crawl up to the alligator to feed on the bugs; then a frog joins the party. Presently a whole menagerie is there; then there is a sudden "earthquake" -- WHAM -- the giant jaws come together and the party is over!


Here's the lesson: don't be lured by large groups of people. Remember, the crown is always found on the "broad way." The "narrow way" of life admits only individuals, one by one. Most people take the easy, downward path. You as a Christian must follow Jesus on the upward road; it is the only safe way.


Application:

       The crowd will many times lead the wrong way. Too few people are seeking the depth of God's way today. We must make sure we seek God's to know God's way.


THE DEPTH OF HIS . . WAYS.



5.   DOXOLOGY

36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. NKJV


Introduction:        "ALL THINGS"


A.   FROM HIM.


B.   THROUGH HIM


C.   TO HIM.

       ". . . To Whom be glory forever. Amen. "



ACTION POINT:
Starting with the letter “A “, and going through the alphabet, praise Him with each letter for all that He is, has been, and will be!


 

Illustration  Recall Notice

The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed, "Subsequential Internal Non-morality", or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.


Some other symptoms:

Loss of direction, Foul vocal emissions, Amnesia of origin

Lack of peace and joy, Selfish, or violent behavior,

Depression or confusion in the mental component, Fearfulness

Idolatry, Rebellion,


The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.


The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, JESUS, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:


Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness,

Gentleness, Self control,


Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E.


(Believers Instructions Before Leaving Earth), for further details on the use of these fixes.