For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, I have raised you up for this very purpose of displaying My power in [dealing with] you, so that My name may be proclaimed the whole world over.
So then He has mercy on whomever He wills (chooses) and He hardens (makes stubborn and unyielding the heart of) whomever He wills.
You will say to me, Why then does He still find fault and blame us for sinning? For who can resist and withstand His will?
But who are you, a mere man, to criticize and contradict and answer back to Almighty Yahuwah?
Will what is formed say to him that formed it, Why have you made me thus? [Isa. 29:16; 45:9.] Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same mass (lump) one vessel for beauty and distinction and honorable use, and another for menial or ignoble and dishonorable use?
What if Almighty Yahuwah, although fully intending to show the awfulness of His wrath and to make known His power and authority, has tolerated with much patience the vessels (objects) of His anger which are ripe for destruction? [Prov. 16:4.]
And what if He thus purposes to make known and show the wealth of His esteem in dealing with the vessels (objects) of His mercy which He has prepared beforehand for esteem, Even including ourselves whom He has called, not only from among the Yehudites but also from among the Gentiles (heathen)—the Lost Sheep of Yisrael?
Just as He says in Hosea, Those who were not My people I will call My people, and her who was not beloved [I will call] My beloved. [Hos. 2:23.]
And it shall be that in the very place where it was said to them, You are not My people, they shall be called sons of the living Almighty Yahuwah. [Hos. 1:10.]
And Isaiah calls out—solemnly cries aloud over Israel: Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, only the remnant (a small part of them) will be saved from perdition, condemnation, judgment!
For Almighty Yahuwah will execute His sentence upon the earth—He will conclude and close His account with men completely and without delay, rigorously cutting it short in His justice. [Isa. 10:22, 23.]
It is as Isaiah predicted, If Almighty Yahuwah of hosts had not left us a seed from which to propagate descendants, we Israel would have fared like Sodom and have been made like Gomorrah. [Isa. 1:9.]