"Now here we really are looking at one of the most difficult problems that can confront anybody who ever reads the Bible, even more difficult than that of our last study. There is nothing, I imagine, in the whole range of the scriptural teaching which causes such offence to the natural man and to many uninstructed Christians as this very statement: ‘For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore’ — the general conclusion to the two cases — ‘hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. ‘ It is the ‘hardening’ that is the rock of offence."
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones commenting on Romans 9: 17-18 (the topic of our Sunday morning sermon this coming weekend, d.v.!)
The Point? Pray!