Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the
children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
Nothing defines the size of a remnant. Once in
Isaiah the remnant was called small but even then, the size was not defined. If
we go back to first use issues to help us understand how God intends a word to
be understood, it was in Exodus 26:12 in which the curtains of the tabernacle
were being cut to a pattern. The remnant was that portion that did not fit the
pattern. It was to be hung on the backside of the tabernacle. Make of that what
If I were to purchase a whole bolt of cloth some
twenty-five yards in length and by design or pattern, cut out a nine inch
square in the corner to make a handkerchief, the rest of the bolt would then be
called a remnant. Size does not matter. The excess that is not used to complete
the pattern, is a remnant.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen
generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye
should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into
his marvellous light;
peculiar people, those who do not fit the pattern, excess, remnant, size
undetermined yet designated to serve a purpose, to hang on the backside of the
really should reshape our thinking about the word remnant and stop thinking of
it as a small useless thing.
Romans 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth,
but of God that sheweth mercy.
Let me remind you again that Paul is addressing
Jews in Rome. We who are on the outside looking in will not have the same
perspective as those in the Jewish community. In many ways our trying to
understand this brings about some serious error as to one of Paul’s primary
messages. Predestination is foreknowledge. God knew all that would happen in
all of history before He began the work of creation.
Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
This is such
an enormous issue that rendering a proper understanding is impossible from a
viewpoint fixed in time. What amazes me more than the concept is the fact that
God, knowing all the evil released into the world, all the hate, all the
torture, murder, lusts, and evil mankind performs on mankind, He chose to set
it all in motion anyway. This is how precious our love is to our God. He put up
with all this to obtain just a remnant that would love Him.
Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the
sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us.
I see much
suffering in this world which is unbearably ugly. Then I must accept that God
sees His Glory, Jesus Christ in us, to be so great that all the ugliness is
nothing. I cannot in my humanity imagine something that wonderful. Yet God saw
it before He created anything of this world.
away here should be this; you were worth it.