Romans 9:6-18

Logo_ontransparent convertedGod is sovereign … He has supreme power and authority.  All powerful, all knowing, all present.

Dear Me:  I am not God.  It is above my pay grade to make the decisions that only God can make.  And it is ridiculous when I think I can.

For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that your builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. Acts 4:11

What about the Jewish Nation?     Does God keep His promises?

The Jews ignored the crucifixion prophesies and only focused on the glorious victory prophecies.   Most rejected the preaching of the Gospel.

The Jews rejection of Christ opened the doors for the gentiles. (You and Me)

Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. 47 For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.  Acts 13:46-47

 1)   Salvation does not come from the religion of your family.

 Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people! Being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children. For the Scriptures say, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted,” though Abraham had other children, too. This means that Abraham’s physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham’s children. For God had promised, “I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”

 God’s people of the promise are Israel.

 2)    Sovereign God chooses the who.

 10 This son was our ancestor Isaac. When he married Rebekah, she gave birth to twins. 11 But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message shows that God chooses people according to his own purposes; 12 he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.) She was told, “Your older son will serve your younger son.”13 In the words of the Scriptures, “I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau.”

 3)    God’s thinking is beyond our understanding.

 14 Are we saying, then, that God was unfair? Of course not! 15 For God said to Moses, “I will show mercy to anyone I choose,    and I will show compassion to anyone I choose.”  16 So it is God who decides to show mercy. We can neither choose it nor work for it.   17 For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.” 18 So you see, God chooses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen.

 

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

 

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