For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. NLT
Does this scripture mean that God made everyone disobedient just to have mercy on us?
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I do not believe so. In fact, the NKJV version tells it a little differently and doing so it lines up with more scripture.
God doesn't "make" us be disobedient but rather he brings to light our disobedience so we can repent.
The point it is making is that according to God we are all disobedient and therefore we all need mercy and grace. He provided that grace through the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Romans 12:33 (after the one you've just asked about:
So even Paul marvelled at the statement you are asking about, because its quite a paradox when you first consider it.
By way of comparison, to Romans 11:32
The inspired writings say many things which seem counter-intuitive to what we learn, such as Isaiah 6:10 where it seems to imply stupidity is pushed upon people by God's will, but there is more to it than that. Compare: John 9:41
Ideally our less-than-perfect (sinful) circumstances should be humbling, the constant reminder of sin and it's results, which has the most important effect of showing the necessity of drawing closer to the means of our saving, God himself.
Note: The other side of these things is that a case is progressively built against the Devil who is the original and constant cause of man's falling. Revelation 12:10
Does the scripture mean God made us disobedient just to have mercy on us? No. God does not make us disobedient. Man, with the help of the enemy, chooses to be disobedient
Romans Chapter 11 is about the struggles of the Jews and the Gentiles in accepting the gospel. There was a remnant of the Jews that accepted the gospel, Romans 11;7.
And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partaketh of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
The olive tree is Israel, the wild olive tree is the Gentiles.
20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded but fear; 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Romans 11;32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
No one in un belief is excluded, all, by the mercy of God may obtain salvation.