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Romans 11:33


A. Breathtaking

a. Scenery

b. Relationships

c. Architecture

d. Sermons

B. Romans

a. One of the most difficult books to study

b. Chapters 9-11

1. God’s right to exercise His will in our affairs

2. God’s use of both Jews and Gentiles for the accomplishment of His grand plan

3. The Jews chosen as the instrument through which His Son would enter the world

4. Initiating the wonderful scheme for the potential redemption of fallen mankind

5. Many Jews rejected this plan outright

6. God, therefore, broke off the faithless branches and in their place grafted in ‘wild’ branches

7. Salvation to the Gentiles made the Jews jealous…helping to ‘push them over the edge’…to accept Jesus for who He is…the Messiah

C. Imagine Paul writing these things, and then becoming stunned

a. “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” (Romans 11:33).

b. This morning we’ll examine the first half of this amazing verse

1. Paul’s emotion

2. The object of his wonder – God Himself

3. The attributes of God

4. The over-abundance of His majesty

I. Paul’s Emotion

A. The sentence begins with the exclamation: “O”

a. This type of sentence construction expresses a reactionary emotion

b. The context is used to determine whether it is negative or positive

1. “O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish” (Matthew 15:28).

2. “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:25).

c. In this verse, it reflects praise of profound admiration

B. Paul is stunned by a contemplation of God’s marvelous workings

a. Heaven is interested in us

b. That should ‘move’ you!

II. The Great God

A. The ultimate focus is God Himself

a. In this case it is what proceeds from the Lord

b. His personal nature is in view

B. The sentence structure points to three qualities

a. His riches

b. His wisdom

c. His knowledge

C. The attributes are depicted as those of ‘depth’

a. ‘The horn of plenty’

b. We cannot fully appreciate the magnitude of these marvelous qualities

c. Consider the iceberg…the old saying: “Just the tip of the iceberg”

III. God’s Knowledge

A. We’ve coined the phrase: omniscient

a. God has never learned one thing

b. He has never entertained a theory

c. He has never wondered about anything

d. His knowledge is complete and perfect

B. Sharper focus

a. God knows all things physical - Consider Job 38-41

1. Job dares to question God

2. God then bombards Job with more than 70 questions (most of which cannot be answered even today!)

3. Job finally confesses that God’s knowledge was simply ‘too wonderful’ for him to grasp

b. God knows all things in time – past, present, future

1. He declares the ‘end from the beginning’ (Isaiah 46:10)

2. He speaks of those things that have not yet happened as though they have (Romans 4:17)

3. All things are laid open before His all-seeing eyes (Proverbs 15:3)

c. God knows everyone’s thoughts

1. He looks at the heart – not merely external

2. We see what others want us to see – but not God

d. God knows our every need

1. Before we even ask (Matthew 6:8)

2. He is anxious to provide

3. We must first ask (James 4:2)

e. ALL knowledge ultimately is derived from God

IV. God’s Wisdom

A. Defined: The ability to use knowledge to achieve a particular goal

a. From the Creation to Calvary

b. Selection of the Hebrew nation

1. Abraham

2. Joseph’s role

3. Conquest of Canaan

c. The contributions of the Gentile nations

1. “In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son” (Galatians 4:4).

2. Rome: Provided a code of law and transportation

3. Greece: Provided the perfect language to communicate God’s will – the KOINE Greek

B. True wisdom is from Him in whom all wisdom resides

1. Wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy…

2. James would also say if we lack wisdom, we need only ASK!

V. The Riches of God

A. Filthy rich

a. Goodness

1. In spite of our constant rebellion

2. Forbearance – holding back

b. Mercy

1. This describes God’s pity for foolish mankind

2. Not getting what we deserve

c. Grace

1. The free gift found only in His Son

2. Getting what we don’t deserve

d. Glory

1. The wealth of His divine blessings that transform our present lives

2. This will lead to the glorified state

3. The infinite resources which God has at His disposal to enact the salvation of the world


A. In this short verse, we are shown the entire redemptive history

B. Heaven is concerned about me

C. Heaven is concerned about you

D. This should lead us to stunned praise!

E. Stunned praise should lead us to obedience

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