Since God has the right to advance His plan for Israel by whatever means necessary without violating His character of His promises, as we learned last week then why couldn’t He…(1) Use a pagan nation and pagan king (Egypt/Pharaoh) to bring Him glory through Israel solely on the basis of His grace and mercy? AND if this was O.K. then…(2) Why couldn’t God use unbelieving Israel to bring Him glory through the church which is also solely on the basis of His grace and mercy. The reason Israel was rejecting the gospel was because they were convinced they were pursuing righteousness in the right way, when all along they were pursuing in the wrong way.
This morning we will look at the unique blessing and privilege of the Jewish nation. It is because of their uniqueness as a nation, that their apparent rejection by God is a “pink elephant” in the room that Paul must address. Has God rejected Israel? Has God’s promises to the nation failed? Join us as we continue to explore this tension created by the gospel of grace.
As we move into Romans chapter 9, we sense a sudden shift of tone from the apostle Paul. From the elation and heights of Romans 8, to a somber tone in the beginning of Romans 9. Paul anticipates a couple of valid questions: “If all of these things are true for the church, then what happened to Israel? Has God rejected Israel in place of the church?” Join us as we begin to study this rich section of Scripture regarding God’s plan for the nation of Israel.
Passage: Romans 9:1-3