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Paul would have been misunderstood. Therefore circles back after having written what he has written to underscore the idea. The fact that God is not done with the Jews as a nation Jewish Israel as a nation as an ethnic group is not done with the nation of Israel had rejected their Messiah, God still had a special place for them in his plans today on connect with Skip Skip shares why those plans were so significant for you today begin to let you know about a resource that will deepen your knowledge of God's word even more trials, temptation, and the top those of the major themes of three booklets from when you hiked that were making available this firstname.lastname@example.org here's one with more of this bundle into Me. I handed the keys to unlock the thought stances and fears that can cause you to get into temptation and speak no evil.
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It gets into today's message openly get chapter 9 into it last time we noticed a shift in Paul's tone and files a motion in separate is pretty high is pretty exuberant. What will separate us from the love of Christ.
You list several possibilities and says in all these things we are who bear knee, oh, we are more than conquerors so it's it's a great awesome chapter. He's definitely pumped.
He's definitely stoked only get to chapter 9 there's a shift he's brokenhearted.
I comes right out of the chute, so to speak due to expressing his heartache over his own people and the lostness of his own people and how that he himself could even say look, I'm willing to be a curse from Christ for my brother and the Jewish nation so Paul is emoting quite a bit in chapter 9 it's very personal to him because of his background as a Jewish man and so chapter 910 11 he speaks about Israel's past, present and future. Romans eight there past Romans Romans nine there pass Romans 10. The present Romans 11 their future. I'm sure that many of the Jewish people, especially those who had known Paul personally bought the Paul was a traitor because you know he is saying that Christ is the end of the law to everyone who believes that the law served its purpose, it's done. And now Paul is running around preaching the Jew and Gentile, a law free gospel same were not under the law is not about keeping the law. The law is over. It served its purpose. Now we are under a new covenant, the covenant of grace. I suppose if you are Jewish and you heard Paul say that you think the guys a traitor. He left Judaism.
He's gone off to Gentile regions.
He sold out. Remember when Paul wrote his letter to the Philippian church and he gave his background and he says that I was circumcised on the eighth day of the stock of Israel of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews concerning the law of Pharisee concerning zeal, persecuting the church concerning righteousness which comes by the law.
I was blameless. Then he said all those things that were once gain to me. I counted loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and I do still.
I do count them as rubbish done scuba lawn, a very strong word that I might gain Christ willing to give it all up again.
Christ, so Paul would have been misunderstood. Therefore, he circles back after having written what he has written to underscore the idea.
The fact that God is not done with the Jews as a nation. The Jewish people Israel as a nation as an ethnic group. He's not done with them.
They still are chosen and he still has a plan to incorporate salvation in and through the Jewish nation, and that's why, nine, 10 and 11 are very important chapters in the book of Romans, you know over the years I've gotten letters from people who knew that I had a Catholic background and I got one several years ago I was then approached by somebody locally in another town up in Santa Fe and then I just the week before last I got another one of these letters and that this was different.
All three were different, but this was from a gal but they were basically all the same thing saying the Lord laid on my heart to write to you and tell you to return to the Catholic Church and out. I don't know in what capacity she thought I should return to the Catholic Church. Certainly I couldn't be a priest being married with an adult son and grandchildren does pose an impediment to that possibility, but she did say you could have a role as a deacon leading people back to the true light in this church. Now I understand where she's coming from and part of me wanted to write back up a very loving but forthright letter about truth, and even them stir up a dialogue. But then I thought how profitable would that be so, so I just read that and the letter that I got a few years back saying basically the same thing that I should return and I can only think that some of them think that I must hate the Catholic Church.
I don't hate. I love them. My heart breaks for them who like many of the Jewish religion believe that their relationship to their church or with the Jews to their synagogue is enough and that that merits their salvation so so I can relate a little bit to Paul and his sentiment here now as we get into Chapter 910 11 there something else you need to know. You know the Paul quotes the Old Testament a lot right when he writes his his letters in the New Testament. He was a rabbi. He knew the Old Testament and in the book of Romans. He does this quite a bit. He will often appeal to Old Testament text. What's interesting is that half of Paul's quotes in the book of Romans from the Old Testament. Half of them are in chapters 9, 10, 11, dealing with his the Jewish people he knows his audience and also what's interesting is 40% of those Old Testament quotes are taken from one prophet.
The prophet Isaiah, so in chapter 9 verse one. I tell the truth in Christ. Even though we dipped into this with mechanical `it is a unit I tell the truth in Christ. I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart for I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsman according to the flesh here when Paul is speaking about Israel, he's speaking out about his spiritual brothers and sisters but his brothers and sisters racially as Jewish people.
Yes, sorrow in his heart and he's going to explain that sorrow, but the fact that Paul says something that I don't know that I could say he said I have great sorrow that I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsman according to the flesh. This reminds me of somebody else in Scripture guy by the name of Moses. Moses was up on Mount Sinai received the 10 Commandments directly from God is walking down all excited to get the children of Israel the 10 Commandments he looks down in the camp and sees them getting into a drunk debauched state dancing around the golden calf.
He breaks the tablets on the ground is symbolic of the fact that look. I haven't even given you the lawn you've already broken it. Second commandment, you will have no other gods, make no idols first commandment. No other gods before me, besides me, you broken one into, and I haven't even delivered them to you, God, in effect, says Moses, stand aside, I'm just going to destroy them. I can raise you up to lead a different nation will start from scratch. Moses stepped in as an intercessor and said, Lord, forgive them, and if not, blot my name out of your book that you have written that's that's kind of a love that I don't relate to is I look around my nation today.
I don't think that I could say Lord you can just take salvation away from me. If you say my nation. I look at my nation thinking you know what they kinda made their bed.
Let them let sleep they made their stupid choices. Let them live with that is in the heart of Paul. That certainly is in the heart of Jesus and he said I could wish that I myself were estranged. Apart from Christ if it brought salvation to my people. That's probably a very strong figure of speech on think Paul really wished that he wouldn't be a saved person or that that would do anything but what he is expressing the sentiment and he says, verse four, who are Israelites that is racially the Jewish nation who are Israelites, not spiritual Israel literal Jewish people to whom pertain the adoption. The adoption is the fact that they were called the children of Israel. God said you are my son, my firstborn, I chose you out of all the other nations in the earth. They had a special relationship as adopted, so to speak, God entered a covenant with them, of all the people in the world. God shows them as a special nation to whom pertain the adoption. Next on the list, the glory I think the glory was a reference to the physical glory of God that was with the children of Israel while they were going from point A to point B, going from Egypt into the promised land. The presence of God was with them every time they would camp every time they would move from the camp there was a visible sign of the glory of God the chef Hina the Shekinah glory of God. So during the day.
It was a cloud that hovered over the camp of Israel over the tabernacle. Proper at night. It was a pillar of fire so a built in nightlight for 40 years.
This kind of warm glow at night outside your tent you get up at night you can sleep go outside and in the sky would be glowing as a reminder that God is with you in your midst, then during the day and I had a say in the Sinai desert where you get, especially in the heat of the day in the summertime.
What it's like living in a tent in Phoenix in the summer to have a cloud covering you in your encampment every day.
That's pretty handy is pretty awesome.
So it was it was something that rested over the tabernacle, and later on entered into the temple that Solomon built that was the glory of God visible as a reminder of his presence with the peoples of the Israelites. Their children of God in the Old Testament of the glory was committed to them.
The covenants next on the list.
God made a covenant with Abraham.
For the land God made a covenant with Moses for the people God made a covenant with David for the kingdom and the Messiah, the giving of the law is next on the list. God revealed himself to the Scriptures through the law through the prophets, the law is the the Tori the initial meaning of that is the 10 Commandments, the broader meaning of that is the first five books of Moses the full extent of that is the entire Old Testament Scriptures. The Tanakh God revealed himself through the Scriptures to them.
Next is the service of God. That's something that means God provided a means of approach to him by the service of the priests in the tabernacle and the temple sacrificial system prayers that were offered seasons of gathering in convocation during the year.
All of that was the service to the tribe of Levi to the priest and the high priest of the God's people could approach him and the promises. Think of all the incredible promises God gave to the Jewish nation. He promised them land he promised them a kingdom, something he has yet still to fulfill the promise them a Messiah, so he is listing the benefits that God has given to his nation college you Hebrew of Hebrews I belong to this nation to special nation. God picked them in the notice verse five of whom are the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, patriarchs, and from whom, according to the flesh Christ came, so he is. He's the. The pinnacle of all the promises God. He is the ultimate revelation that God gave to the Jewish nation through the Jewish nation came the Jewish Messiah that we Gentiles are worshiping our following is important you realize Jesus was a Jewish man. Jesus wasn't a Christian. He didn't go to church. You went to synagogue.
He was dedicated in the temple. He was bar mitzvahed as a son of the commandment, he said I didn't come to destroy the law, I came to fulfill the law of whom are the fathers, from whom, according to the flesh Christ came and here's one of the strongest affirmations of the fact that Jesus Christ is God the deity of Christ.
Notice verse five of whom are the fathers, and from whom, according to the flesh Christ came. Notice who is over all the eternally blessed God.
Now that is a perfect translation from the Greek language of that verse. He is the eternally blessed God. Amen. But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect, for they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham, but according now Scripture in Isaac your seed shall be called that is, those who are the children of the flesh. These are not the children of God. The children of the promise are counted as the seed. So you know how Paul is writing he's writing in a diatribe form is posing the question is if he's sitting next to a dissenter somebody who would disagree with them and he is supposing what the disagreement might be and then after he brings up the question. The issue he then answers the question so it is not of the word of God is taken no effect somebody might say, you talk about all the promises God made since all of Israel did not believe in Jesus but the nation itself as a majority has rejected Jesus as the Messiah does their rejection of Jesus as the Messiah mean that God's promises have failed. That's where we left off last week kinda dealt with that question and then close in what we said is this rejection by the majority does not negate God's promise to the minority. There is always a few who do believe there's always a remnant in the Scripture, and he will he will hammer this through chapter 9 that there is a remnant who believe here's what we need to understand about how God works.
God does not operate on the basis of human relation is not who you are related to what my parents were believers like my grandparents were Christian. Good God has no grandchildren got only has children. Are you a child of God, so God is not operate on that basis of human relation. God is not operate on the basis of human perfection is not what you do to earn it. It's not your good works is like you. You meet a certain threshold. Now you've worked hard and you've earned it. So now God sort of owes it to you and work out what God operates on the basis not of human perfection or of human relation but of divine election he makes a sovereign choice and he cites the case of Ishmael, the firstborn of Abraham and Isaac.
The second born, though, before Isaac was even born. God chose Isaac not Ishmael was God's sovereign choice before birth. He was the son of promise, even though Sarah said take my handmade Hagar AB you know what I can do this. I'm old I'm an old hen I can I can pull this off, but so let's help got out a little bit you take my handmade Hagar you guys have a child and will call that God's promise, the firstborn, that child was Ishmael.
Later on, God gave them the son of promise when Sarah became pregnant and Isaac was born. That was the son of promise and so it's interesting when you read even the book of Genesis were God in Genesis 22 says to Abram take now your son, your only son Isaac.
Wait a minute Abraham but is it is not my only son I've got a son who's years old. Some say up to 30 years old. His name is Ishmael, but the son that God recognized as the only son was the son God had promised in advance Isaac take now your son, your only son Isaac. So that is those who are children of the flesh.
Verse eight. These are not the children of God but the children of the promise are counted as seed for this is the word of promise at this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son and not only this, but when Rebecca also conceived by one man, that would be Isaac even by her father, Isaac, for the children not yet being born nor having done any good or evil of that purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of him who calls. It was said to her, the older shall serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated when Rebecca could not have children. She was unable to have kids. She was barren. Her husband Isaac prayed Susan a good thing for a husband to do prayed for his wife and the Lord answered his prayer Rebecca became with child, and she was having a difficult pregnancy. She did know why and she's complained to her husband is what if everything is all right with Malcolm and have asserted hard time in my pregnancy and so the Lord spoke to her when they both prayed about it before the Lord, the Lord said two nations are in your womb, you can have twins two nations are in your womb to people's will be separated from your body and the older shall serve the basket message from the series expound you Skip to tell you about keep encouraging messages like this coming your way as you help others, to the good news of Jesus.
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