So deep you can’t get under it.

16 Feb

Good morning,

Do you remember the song,  So high you can’t get over it, So deep you can’t get under it, So wide you can’t get around it.  I found this video when I googled to verify the words.  http://bussongs.com/songs/gods-love-is-so-wonderful.php

It is interesting that I can use a children’s song to describe what Paul says is complicated.  I think the idea of who is in or who is out; who is on the top and who is on the bottom is only complicated because we can’t imagine that God accepts ALL of us ALL the time.

Paul is a concerned that the Gentiles will start thinking they are the favored ones of God and the Jews are ‘thrown out in the cold’.  [I think Paul’s concerned were well founded].   Paul wants to clarify that the Divine has already brought everyone in; for Paul this completes the house of Israel.  For me it is a reminded that God has call all of creation into relationship with the Divine Eternal Now, we just need to hear that call.  God’s love is for all and reaching out.

25-29 I want to lay all this out on the table as clearly as I can, friends. This is complicated. It would be easy to misinterpret what’s going on and arrogantly assume that you’re royalty and they’re just rabble, out on their ears for good. But that’s not it at all. This hardness on the part of insider Israel toward God is temporary. Its effect is to open things up to all the outsiders so that we end up with a full house. Before it’s all over, there will be a complete Israel. As it is written,

A champion will stride down from the mountain of Zion;
    he’ll clean house in Jacob.
And this is my commitment to my people:
    removal of their sins.

From your point of view as you hear and embrace the good news of the Message, it looks like the Jews are God’s enemies. But looked at from the long-range perspective of God’s overall purpose, they remain God’s oldest friends. God’s gifts and God’s call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.

30-32 There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. Now they are on the outs. But with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back in. In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.

33-36 Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
    that God has to ask his advice?
Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.

The final verses of this chapter are wonderful.  I think we should print them and place them were we can see them everyday.  So, often I thank God, love God, praise God; it is important to put a depth into that thanks and praise.

It is the Divine Presence that calls to us; the source, the power, the completion of all that is.    Enjoy this day brought to you by God, redeemed for you by Christ, and enliven for by the Holy Spirit.

Peace,

Mary

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