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 (Romans 11).
Four times here the root word for “disobey” (meaning “obstinance”) is used, and four times the word “mercy” is used. Yes, God’s mercy is equal to the task of meeting every obstinate and disobedient action put forth by man.
The phrase “shut up” comes from one word meaning “to enclose,” as in when the disciples’ nets caught or “enclosed a great quantity of fish” (Luke 5:6). It pictures the determined action of a sovereign God from whom no one can escape. Like two schools of fish obstinately trying to swim away, both “schools” of disobedient Jews as well as Gentiles are caught up in God’s great net of mercy.
Lord, thank You for catching us! Thank You for Your great net of mercy! Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning! We confess we will need them This Day. May Your great net of mercy continue to catch us in the midst of every obstinate thought or action. Amen.