Saturday, 30 October 2010

Romans 9

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

Really love the way The Message puts v.31

And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. How could they miss it? Because instead of trusting God, they took over. They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. They were so absorbed in their "God projects" that they didn't notice God right in front of them...

Although Paul wrote this to describe the Jews it applies equally well to us today. We often get so wrapped up in our "God projects" that we miss God.

Susan said...

V.5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised!

Jesus - fully human, fully God

Susan said...

v.6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.

Paul finished chapter 8 by saying nothing could separate us from God's love. Likewise nothing can separate the Jews from God's love, even though presently they have not accepted God's love in Jesus.

Susan said...

v. 11-13 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

(From Constable's Commentary) "If God's love of Jacob consists in his choosing Jacob to be the 'seed' who would inherit the blessings promised to Abraham, then God's hatred of Esau is best understood to refer to God's decision not to bestow this privilege on Esau"

It is interesting to note that God did also bless Esau though Jacob had the privileged position.

Susan said...

v. 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.

(From Constable's Commentary) "In chapter 1 the apostle had spoken about the way God gives people over to their own evil desires as a form of punishment for their sins. This is how God hardens people's hearts. In Pharaoh's case we see this working out clearly. God was not unjust because He allowed the hardening process to continue."