Romans 9:1-29 “God Keeps His Promises”

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If you do your chores I will take you to get some ice cream.” Maybe you’ve heard this promise given to you; maybe you’ve been the one to give it. Though it seems straight forward, kids always seem to try to find a way around it. At the end of the day, though, if the child doesn’t do what they are supposed to, they don’t get to experience the great reward that was promised.  None of us would blame the parents for not bringing disobedient kids to get ice cream if they didn’t do as they were asked.
Paul uses a similar analogy here in talking about Israel and God’s promise. Do the coming of Jesus and the institution of justification by grace through faith mean that God has turned away from the people He called? Does this nullify the promises of God to His covenant people? No!  Not at all, Paul would say, it is the ultimate fulfillment of God’s original intentions and desires for His people from the very beginning.

Questions to take home:

  1. Paul says of the beginning of chapter 9 that he wishes he could be cut off from Christ for the sake of his people. What do you think he means by this? Is there anyone in your life that you feel this way about? How can you tell about God’s love this week?

  2. Paul makes the point that in Jesus there is the fulfillment of God’s promises, not the abandonment of them. How does knowing that faith and grace were the points all along change the way you look at and read the Old Testament?

  3. Take a moment to read the first half of Ephesians 1. How do you understand the concept of election, God’s sovereign choice in salvation? Is it comforting or concerning to you? How does it encourage you toward missional living?