How can you argue with God? (Rom 9:20)

“But who are you?

A man!

How can you argue

With God?

Will what is molded

Say to its molder.

‘Why have you made me

Like this?’”

ὦ ἄνθρωπε, μενοῦνγε σὺ τίς εἶ ὁ ἀνταποκρινόμενος τῷ Θεῷ; μὴ ἐρεῖ τὸ πλάσμα τῷ πλάσαντι Τί με ἐποίησας οὕτως;

Paul once again asked a series of ironic question.  “But rather who are you (μενοῦνγε σὺ)?  O man (ὦ ἄνθρωπε)!  How can you argue (τίς εἶ ὁ ἀνταποκρινόμενος) with God (τῷ Θεῷ)?  What has been molded (τὸ πλάσμα) will not say (μὴ ἐρεῖ) to its molder (τῷ πλάσαντι).  Why have you made me like this (Τί με ἐποίησας οὕτως)?”  Only the Pauline letters used these words, πλάσμα, that means that which is molded, formed, or fashioned, and the word πλάσαντι, that means to form or mold.  Paul alluded to Isaiah, chapter 29:16, that they had things upside down because they were the creatures, not the creators.  They were the clay that thought that they are the potters who molded the clay.  They were made by the Creator God as in Genesis, chapter 2.  They were the formed ones, not the formers.  Why are they saying that the Creator God did not understand, since they were mere clay?  The clay does not complain to the molder of the clay, so why should we creatures complain to our creator?  Paul seemed to indicate that humans were like clay pottery.  Do you accept the fact that you are a creature and not a creator?

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