“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Rom. 11:33-36
Tucked at the end of Romans 11 is a jewel of wisdom (and worship) about God. In this chapter, the apostle Paul has just taught about the mystery of Israel’s salvation. This is difficult teaching and there’s a mix of interpretations on that passage. After this heavy topic – it doesn’t get much more serious (or glorious) than salvation – Paul breaks out in pure worship in Rom. 11:33-36.
Paul seems to be suddenly overwhelmed by the riches, wisdom and knowledge of God. Oh, the depth! Paul says God’s judgments can’t be searched out, that His ways are inscrutable (mysterious, unknowable, unfathomable).
Then Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions – Who knows the mind of God? Who counsels God? Who gives to God so that God needs to repay him? The obvious answer is no one. Paul ends this doxology of worship simply: It’s all His (God’s) – from, through, to. To God be the glory forever.
How far does our worship of our great God go? Would it go further if we had a fuller understanding of the riches, wisdom and knowledge of God? Oh, the depth.