God’s mercy upon all
GOD’S judgements are necessary surgical operations. His mercy is over all His works; and this mercy falls first on Israel. A divine transformation is wrought upon the people whose stony-heartedness has become proverbial, and whose whole history is a testimony of waywardness. The few great and godly men that the nation has produced, among whom some of the kings and the prophets stand out as examples, only set in contrast the general lack of response to God’s guidance on the part of the bulk of the nation for so large a part of their history: yet God has never cast them away. Even when cast out of their land, He ensured their perpetual existence by the statement that He would not make a full end of them, but correct them in measure. As unfruitful branches of a vine God has broken them off, but Paul says He is able to graft them in again if they abide not in unbelief. As God has shown mercy to Gentiles so He will yet reveal His mercy to Israel. “God hath shut up all unto disobedience, that He might have mercy upon all.”
JOHN CARTER, Prophets after the Exile, page 137.