Friday, 25 December 2015
Unity and Diversity in Christ: Interpreting Paul in Context: Collected Essays,
Willian S. Campbell, Cascade Books, 2013, page 81
Becuse He is G-d, G-d has absolute divine freedom, right?
The most surprising factor in Romans 9 is the somewhat unexpected twist with which Paul makes use of his powerful argument about the divine freedom. Instead of arguing that God is free and can therefore cast off Israel, Paul turns this around and asks, What if, as is the case, God patiently endures his people Israel. When we follow closely the manner and sequence of Paul's argument in chapter 9, and recognise that the primary interest is in God's activity with Israel, then chapter 11 and its ending are not a surprise after all, because the "surprise" has already been tentatively introduced in 9:22ff.