Flagship

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“The flagship of your love boldly goes into the Spirit and Heart of God; Because your obedience, repentance, acts of faith, gifts of thanksgiving, and thoughtfulness of how much God has blessed you, is well received by God’s Mercy, Grace, Plan, and Provision.” ~ Jon Barnes

Pilot

When God pilots your heart, He flies your lifestyle into galaxies unknown, like the stars in the heaven, giving you and experience that is uniquely yours.  His love overshadows the evil attack upon your character, work ethic, and good deeds of faith with the love you have shown and given to others.  You reap what you have sown by finish the life course, passing the tests, and completing the graduation requirements of God’s Gift in Love.

Crew

Which flag do you fly in the camp of your heart, your flag or God’s flag of love? When you wake up to work, who do you follow, your own tail and trail or the ways of God’s Love? You and your crew will be challenged as you live for God, flying into your destiny, and walking in the path of love, because evil hates you, loathes God, and cringes at all the good you do.  We tend to panic when it appears that evil will overtake us, when in fact, evil has already lost, since the beginning of time. Follow God’s plan and not the plan of man.

Orders

Evil is only an illusion so that the truth of our love for God can be tested! The fact is, all things are recycled and reclaimed into God either into heaven or into hell. If you have a wicked heart, then you will believe the devil or if you have a pure heart for God, then you will believe Him at His Word! By faith, your personal ability to properly love people is what wrestles with God and His plans to bless you. You cannot reap what you have sown if you did not bless your enemies, crew, and your loved ones, who all tend to be one in the same. God’s Orders, Words, and Love cannot be corrupted, broken or altered.

Today’s Question

Are you following God’s Orders with the flagship of life you have been given, to reach destination Heaven or are you piloting your own ship into the ground and fire of hell?
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Genesis 33

Jacob and Esau Make Peace

33 Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. Then Jacob went on ahead. As he approached his brother, he bowed to the ground seven times before him. Then Esau ran to meet him and embraced him, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. And they both wept.
Then Esau looked at the women and children and asked, “Who are these people with you?”
“These are the children God has graciously given to me, your servant,” Jacob replied. Then the servant wives came forward with their children and bowed before him. Next came Leah with her children, and they bowed before him. Finally, Joseph and Rachel came forward and bowed before him.
“And what were all the flocks and herds I met as I came?” Esau asked.
Jacob replied, “They are a gift, my lord, to ensure your friendship.”
“My brother, I have plenty,” Esau answered. “Keep what you have for yourself.”
10 But Jacob insisted, “No, if I have found favor with you, please accept this gift from me. And what a relief to see your friendly smile. It is like seeing the face of God! 11 Please take this gift I have brought you, for God has been very gracious to me. I have more than enough.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau finally accepted the gift.
12 “Well,” Esau said, “let’s be going. I will lead the way.”
13 But Jacob replied, “You can see, my lord, that some of the children are very young, and the flocks and herds have their young, too. If they are driven too hard, even for one day, all the animals could die. 14 Please, my lord, go ahead of your servant. We will follow slowly, at a pace that is comfortable for the livestock and the children. I will meet you at Seir.”
15 “All right,” Esau said, “but at least let me assign some of my men to guide and protect you.”
Jacob responded, “That’s not necessary. It’s enough that you’ve received me warmly, my lord!”
16 So Esau turned around and started back to Seir that same day. 17 Jacob, on the other hand, traveled on to Succoth. There he built himself a house and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place was named Succoth (which means “shelters”).
18 Later, having traveled all the way from Paddan-aram, Jacob arrived safely at the town of Shechem, in the land of Canaan. There he set up camp outside the town.19 Jacob bought the plot of land where he camped from the family of Hamor, the father of Shechem, for 100 pieces of silver.[a] 20 And there he built an altar and named it El-Elohe-Israel.[b]

Love,

Jonathan

Deep Deception

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Our greed, ignorance, pride and lust deceives us, putting our perspectives at odds with God’s Plan.” ~ Jon Barnes

Without

Without God’s plan running your life, you will die in misery and strife. Use the solution that is plain and simple here, since tomorrow may not come, my dear. Your blessings come from your attitude and decisions in life or did you give it up for some pleasure and a bowl of rice.

Within

Within God’s plan I will stay to learn, listen, work, and pray. Faith has humbled my thought and actions directly. God’s quality lifestyle has truly affected me. Reject God’s plans and watch your inheritance change from Heaven to hell.

Sin

God is sinless and we are not. Some may know this, yet most do not! We love to point the finger at what others do. But, don’t be deceived, God is watching you! The future of change is within your range.
Today’s Question
Have you decided to break free from your bad choices and will you let God choose your spouse, plan, and purpose in life?

Enjoy Today’s Reading

Genesis 27

Jacob Steals Esau’s Blessing

27 One day when Isaac was old and turning blind, he called for Esau, his older son, and said, “My son.”
“Yes, Father?” Esau replied.
“I am an old man now,” Isaac said, “and I don’t know when I may die. Take your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me. Prepare my favorite dish, and bring it here for me to eat. Then I will pronounce the blessing that belongs to you, my firstborn son, before I die.”
But Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game, she said to her son Jacob, “Listen. I overheard your father say to Esau, ‘Bring me some wild game and prepare me a delicious meal. Then I will bless you in the Lord’s presence before I die.’ Now, my son, listen to me. Do exactly as I tell you. Go out to the flocks, and bring me two fine young goats. I’ll use them to prepare your father’s favorite dish. 10 Then take the food to your father so he can eat it and bless you before he dies.”
11 “But look,” Jacob replied to Rebekah, “my brother, Esau, is a hairy man, and my skin is smooth. 12 What if my father touches me? He’ll see that I’m trying to trick him, and then he’ll curse me instead of blessing me.”
13 But his mother replied, “Then let the curse fall on me, my son! Just do what I tell you. Go out and get the goats for me!”
14 So Jacob went out and got the young goats for his mother. Rebekah took them and prepared a delicious meal, just the way Isaac liked it. 15 Then she took Esau’s favorite clothes, which were there in the house, and gave them to her younger son, Jacob. 16 She covered his arms and the smooth part of his neck with the skin of the young goats. 17 Then she gave Jacob the delicious meal, including freshly baked bread.
18 So Jacob took the food to his father. “My father?” he said.
“Yes, my son,” Isaac answered. “Who are you—Esau or Jacob?”
19 Jacob replied, “It’s Esau, your firstborn son. I’ve done as you told me. Here is the wild game. Now sit up and eat it so you can give me your blessing.”
20 Isaac asked, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”
“The Lord your God put it in my path!” Jacob replied.
21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come closer so I can touch you and make sure that you really are Esau.” 22 So Jacob went closer to his father, and Isaac touched him. “The voice is Jacob’s, but the hands are Esau’s,” Isaac said. 23 But he did not recognize Jacob, because Jacob’s hands felt hairy just like Esau’s. So Isaac prepared to bless Jacob. 24 “But are you really my son Esau?” he asked.
“Yes, I am,” Jacob replied.
25 Then Isaac said, “Now, my son, bring me the wild game. Let me eat it, and then I will give you my blessing.” So Jacob took the food to his father, and Isaac ate it. He also drank the wine that Jacob served him. 26 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Please come a little closer and kiss me, my son.”
27 So Jacob went over and kissed him. And when Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he was finally convinced, and he blessed his son. He said, “Ah! The smell of my son is like the smell of the outdoors, which the Lord has blessed!
28 “From the dew of heaven
    and the richness of the earth,
may God always give you abundant harvests of grain
    and bountiful new wine.
29 May many nations become your servants,
    and may they bow down to you.
May you be the master over your brothers,
    and may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
All who curse you will be cursed,
    and all who bless you will be blessed.”
30 As soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and almost before Jacob had left his father, Esau returned from his hunt. 31 Esau prepared a delicious meal and brought it to his father. Then he said, “Sit up, my father, and eat my wild game so you can give me your blessing.”
32 But Isaac asked him, “Who are you?”
Esau replied, “It’s your son, your firstborn son, Esau.”
33 Isaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, “Then who just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must stand!”
34 When Esau heard his father’s words, he let out a loud and bitter cry. “Oh my father, what about me? Bless me, too!” he begged.
35 But Isaac said, “Your brother was here, and he tricked me. He has taken away your blessing.”
36 Esau exclaimed, “No wonder his name is Jacob, for now he has cheated me twice.[a] First he took my rights as the firstborn, and now he has stolen my blessing. Oh, haven’t you saved even one blessing for me?”
37 Isaac said to Esau, “I have made Jacob your master and have declared that all his brothers will be his servants. I have guaranteed him an abundance of grain and wine—what is left for me to give you, my son?”
38 Esau pleaded, “But do you have only one blessing? Oh my father, bless me, too!” Then Esau broke down and wept.
39 Finally, his father, Isaac, said to him,
“You will live away from the richness of the earth,
    and away from the dew of the heaven above.
40 You will live by your sword,
    and you will serve your brother.
But when you decide to break free,
    you will shake his yoke from your neck.”

Jacob Flees to Paddan-Aram

41 From that time on, Esau hated Jacob because their father had given Jacob the blessing. And Esau began to scheme: “I will soon be mourning my father’s death. Then I will kill my brother, Jacob.”
42 But Rebekah heard about Esau’s plans. So she sent for Jacob and told him, “Listen, Esau is consoling himself by plotting to kill you. 43 So listen carefully, my son. Get ready and flee to my brother, Laban, in Haran. 44 Stay there with him until your brother cools off. 45 When he calms down and forgets what you have done to him, I will send for you to come back. Why should I lose both of you in one day?”
46 Then Rebekah said to Isaac, “I’m sick and tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.”
Love, 
Jonathan

Let’s Begin

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“In the beginning there was nothing, but God; and any other story is simply a fraud!” ~ Jon Barnes

Science

Science cannot study itself, but it can only study what God has created, with the parameters He has allowed us to exist in. Can an infant be greater, smarted, stronger, or faster than a parent? Then, scientifically use your common sense, get a grip and get it on.  Learn what God has to say first, before you become the expert you think you are. do your own homework and close your mouth, so your brain can retain God’s wisdom and knowledge.

Math

Can you count, can you add, can you see, what is in front of you and me? You have a 50% chance of getting this question right or wrong. Does God exist? As you begin to read, study, pray, and think about God’s truth, I also pray that you remember that you only have 5 fingers on each hand to count with. If you haven’t learned to appreciate, respect, nurture, and count your blessings, then understanding God’s math may will be beyond your capacity for simplicity and truth.

Language

Music is the first and only language used in the mind of God that explodes signals of thought, actions, and commandments into existence with words, movement, light, and love. The ability to express such greatness has been given life in all forms here on earth, so that we can witness, participate, and share in God’s quality of existence, choice, and experience. The Art of God can be seen in all things created, equally pointing back to the creator in honest praise and worship. It is only the darkness of evil that says, there is no God!
Today’s Question
Is the mark of God within your heart to bless, enjoy, love, share, and understand His creation or do you think you created yourself, your own religion, along with the heavens and the earth?
Enjoy Today’s Reading

Genesis 1

The Account of Creation

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. 10 God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.12 The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
13 And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image.
    In the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!
And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
Love,
 
Jonathan

Follow

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
“Each day, you will be tempted to follow and click the like button of lies, lust, greed, fake, famous stories of old, packaged in a trendy new look, with technologically advanced bling or subtle traps.” ~ Jon Barnes

Like

We need new people to click the like button of love and follow the passions of Christ with honest business practices, helpful hands, methodical minds, practical patience in leadership, craftsmanship, apprenticeship, and ethics.  Listen to proven experience of God’s stories of old to lay out the blueprints of success to avoid making age old mistakes of laziness and hypocrisy.

Delete

Work with, up lift, and grow with the people around you to build a better now so that you may delete negative nonsense, advertisements, and lying schemes from your life. You can make the good deals count because God help you put them together and you are willing to do the work and share the blessings to help others to fish for themselves. Maintain your beauty from inside your heart and God will beat beautiful sounding music on the outside for all to hear.

Unfollow

God guides us into things, blessings, and passions of good projects, goals and dreams to fulfill, if we listen, learn, and live the work of love. Unfollow the crowd of lust, greed, and unfairness and create improved groups of justice, truth, and equality to help, share, and build an informed workforce to do a better for our society. Be a consistent Good follower of Christ in your everyday work and play!
Today’s Question
Does your life inspire others to do Good and Follow Jesus or are you following the directions of evil with satan into hell?
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Revelation 20

The Thousand Years

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. They[a] had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.

The Judgment of Satan

When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

The Judgment of the Dead

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

Love,

Jonathan

Perish

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Hi Peeps,

Today’s Quote

“People perish from laziness, resulting from lack of knowledge, kindness, skill set, work ethic, discipline, and honest love for the truth.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Meaning

Even though we know the meaning of honest truth does not give us the will or power to execute the honest work required.  By choice, your knowledge is still lacking because you refuse to change to obey, honest information from God’s plans, pretending to know what you are doing. Challenge your motives. Make yourself, do good.

Understanding

We play dumb, as if we don’t understand, faking love and good work ethics to play around by avoiding the straight line of reality from God’s perspective. When I stop distorting the truth, like the devil, I began to see and understand how God wants me to work and inspire others to do more, with less. Enjoy being content, focused, and on point.

Proof

When I look back on the new quality of work that I am trying to accomplish by faith, I am humbled by the effectiveness and efficiency of how the little miracles from God, work in my life. Since I’m thankful for the little miracle from God, He begins to bless me with bigger miracles by faith, with His Proof. I just receive the blessings in awe, as an obedient, simple, humble and loving, servant. Don’t throw the food of God and His blessing back in His face, with your disobedience and waste.
Today’s Question

Will you perish by playing and participating in the devil’s workshop or will you play the childlike part of faith, love, and good labor for God?

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1 Peter 4

Living for God

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household;and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And,
“If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”[a]
19 So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
 
Love,
Jonathan

Like Roman Culture

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Hi Peeps,
Today’s Quote
 “Take God’s Culture wherever you go, being who you are, doing what you do, living your lifestyle, and enjoying God’s Joy, Peace, Blessings, and Goodwill towards men.”  ~  Jon Barnes

Cultural Awareness

You have the power to share life changing information about who you are, what you stand for, and how it works in your life. Connecting with others and learning about our similarities is more interesting than noticing the small differences.  You have the freedom of the Spirit to walk and set upon your mind and practice the things that are right. Go right ahead, with God’s mercy and cultural grace.

In Rome, You Roam

In Rome, there is a better way to your search for the truth. You don’t have to follow the typical romans choices and traditions blindly without asking questions and verifying the truth.  Following the crowd is not the best solution for thinking people looking for the best solutions in their lives.  It can be a challenge to be honest with yourself and your choices to make, when following your path with God.  Rome is all over the world, so roam around to sniff out your own good way and bless God.

Roman World Traveler

The world traveler doesn’t merely go around making people change in their lifestyle and mindset.  A Good Person connects, communicates and inspires all people with a smile, wisdom, warm greeting, with dignity, honor, love, and respect.  Considering yourself and how you would feel in a land with no friends can give you the proper perspective on how to make new friends.  Your Good Culture and lifestyle will stick out all by itself, with life, light, and love, from your personal experience and mindset of God.

 
Today’s Question
 
Which mindset are you roaming around with, in your Rome-like culture?
 
Enjoy today’s reading.

Romans 9New International Version (NIV)

1 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.

God’s Sovereign Choice

6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. 9 For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.” 10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac. 11Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” 14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ ” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? 22 What if God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people; and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,” 26 and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ ” 27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved. 28 For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.” 29 It is just as Isaiah said previously: “Unless the Lord Almighty had left us descendants, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah.”

Israel’s Unbelief

30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”