God Is Not to Blame for Human Fault (Mon. June 20)

The word of the day is “blame.” Today’s reading from Romans 2:28-3:18 involves us in Paul’s complex discussion about the rejection of many Jews to the Gospel. The question is who is to blame for the unfaithfulness of the Jews? God had given them his “oracles,” that is, His words (Strong’s 3051, 152). In these messages, the Almighty had shown them special favor. St. John Chrysostom says that “the honor that God treated them was so great that even when He saw what would come thereof, He withheld not His goodwill toward them” (NfPf1:11, 373). Thus, God’s forbearance demonstrated His faithfulness. Unbelief Does not Nullify the Faithfulness of God Yet, according to Chrysostom, the Jews “made the honors bestowed on…