[Linux4christians] Wednesday - Romans 9:1-29
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
dcolburn at bibleseven.com
Tue Nov 22 22:03:17 EST 2011
9:1 Israel's Rejection Considered
I am telling the truth in Christ (I am not lying!), for my conscience
assures me in the Holy Spirit -- 9:2 I have great sorrow and unceasing
anguish in my heart. 9:3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed --
cut off from Christ -- for the sake of my people, my fellow countrymen,
9:4 who are Israelites. To them belong the adoption as sons, the glory,
the covenants, the giving of the law, the temple worship, and the
promises. 9:5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from them, by human
descent, came the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever! Amen.
9:6 It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all those
who are descended from Israel are truly Israel, 9:7 nor are all the
children Abraham's true descendants; rather "/*through Isaac will your
descendants be counted*/."
9:8 This means it is not the children of the flesh who are the children
of God; rather, the children of promise are counted as descendants.
9:9 For this is what the promise declared: "/*About a year from now*/
/*I will return and Sarah will have a son*/." 9:10 Not only that, but
when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our ancestor Isaac --
9:11 even before they were born or had done anything good or bad (so
that God's purpose in election would stand, not by works but by his
calling) -- 9:12 it was said to her, "/*The older will serve the
younger*/," 9:13 just as it is written: "/*Jacob I loved*//, //*but Esau
9:14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not!
9:15 For he says to Moses: "/*I will have mercy on whom I have mercy*//,
//*and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion*/."
9:16 So then, it does not depend on human desire or exertion, but on God
who shows mercy.
9:17 For the scripture says to Pharaoh: "/*For this very purpose I have
raised you up, that I may demonstrate my power in you*//, //*and that my
name may be proclaimed in all the earth*/." 9:18 So then, God has mercy
on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden.
9:19 You will say to me then, "Why does he still find fault? For who has
ever resisted his will?"
9:20 But who indeed are you -- a mere human being -- to talk back to
God? /*Does what is molded say to the molder*//,/ "/*Why have you made
me like this?*/" 9:21 Has the potter no right to make from the same lump
of clay one vessel for special use and another for ordinary use?
9:22 But what if God, willing to demonstrate his wrath and to make known
his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath prepared
9:23 And what if he is willing to make known the wealth of his glory on
the objects of mercy that he has prepared beforehand for glory -- 9:24
even us, whom he has called, not only from the Jews but also from the
9:25 As he also says in Hosea: "/*I will call those who were not my
people*//,/ '/*My people*//,/' /*and I will call her who was unloved,*/
9:26 "/*And in the very place*/ /*where it was said to them*//,/ '/*You
are not my people*//,/' /*there they will be called*/ '/*sons of the
9:27 And Isaiah cries out on behalf of Israel, "/Though the number of
the children/ /of Israel are as the sand of the sea/, /only the remnant
will be saved/, 9:28 /for the Lord will execute his sentence on the
earth completely and quickly/."
9:29 Just as Isaiah predicted, "/*If the Lord of armies*/ /*had not left
us descendants*//, /*we would have become like Sodom*, and we would have
Lord, You provided the law to the Israelites, the subset of humankind
descended from Issac. The law convicted them of sin and provided a
ritual-covering for them but it was never possible for them to earn
salvation in their fallen-flesh through works but only through faith --
as had Abraham -- prior to the law. May I be grateful to be free from
the law, to be in-Christ through faith, and be found grateful through
thankfulness and righteous living.
Summary & Commentary
This section of Romans 9 describes the Lord God's relationship with
humankind under the law. the final few verses of Romans 9 (discussed in
the next section of this Study) addresses the sovereignty-altered
relationship under the grace of the Cross.
Paul explains God's rejection of Israel, because God's promise to God
was not inclusive of all in the tribes of Israel but only a remnant -
for faith not tribe - Jew and Gentile alike.
Israel's repeated rejection of the God made both the nation and
God chooses, based on the standard described in Romans 8, whom He will
bless and whom He will not and no man or tribe may correct Him.
God testifies to His sovereignty from the enforcement of His holy
decrees, mercy as He sees fit, hardening the already hard also as He
sees fit, all according to His perfect plan.
Those who were born Israelites were blessed with a unique relationship
with the Lord God, yet because of their generations of rebellion only a
remnant was preserved, and their special earthly-relationship lost.
Isn't it amazing how God's standard of a faithful-surrender to His
Lordship has never changed?
The descendants of Israel have always shared access to a faith-based
salvation with the "gentiles" but they lost sight of that due to their
unique earthly relationship in the past.
When have you experienced or observed a person imagining that their
membership in a unique job, religious organization, or social circle
makes them more valuable to the Lord God?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a place in your fellowship, or one
one elsewhere in your community (perhaps a cult of some sort) where some
may be confusing membership and performance/works with salvation through
Today I will pray in-earnest for those who are confused, and if the Holy
Spirit provides an opportunity, I will gently, patiently, and
respectfully share with them the truth of salvation through faith-alone.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Thursday's text will be:
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day!
David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
Savannah-Statesboro needs a Bible College/Seminary!
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