Faithfully Merciful

8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, 9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, “Therefore I will give praise to You among the Gentiles, and I will sing to Your name.”  10 Again he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.”  11 And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him.”  12 Again Isaiah says, “There shall come the root of Jesse, and He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, in Him shall the Gentiles hope” (Romans 15).

Paul quotes from three Old Testament writers (Samuel, Moses, and Isaiah) to“confirm the promises given to the fathers” of God’s inclusion of Gentiles in His plan of redemption. Thus, in this way, “Christ has become a servant to the circumcision” (Israel). Yet, while at the same time a servant to Israel, Christ had become a servant also “for the Gentiles” to “glorify God for His mercy” to them.

This is the power and wisdom of God—to serve two opposing groups, both at the same time, and through one act of redemption, which itself was for both groups. It is the Cross and the Cross alone that unites all peoples, for it is the Cross that reminds us all of our common (and greatest) problem of sin. Jews can glory in God’s faithfulness to keep His Word, and Gentiles can glory in God’s mercy to spread it—and, in the end, both groups can join together to glory in God for both.

Lord, we glory in You for both Your faithfulness and mercies. Help us This Day to be both faithful to You in spreading Your Word, as well as grateful for all Your mercies toward us. Amen.