Romans Lesson 16 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
6. a. God’s covenant with Abraham
I will make you into a great nation,
I will bless you,
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
I will curse those who treat you with contempt,
and all the peoples on earth
will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:2-3 HCSB
God is faithful to his promises to Abraham by sending Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, through whom ALL the people of the earth will be blessed.
The fact that the majority of the Jews rejected Jesus was all part of God’s plan. He (temporarily) blinded the eyes of the majority of the Jews so that they would crucify Jesus.
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written (in Isaiah 59:20-21):
“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” (Romans 11:25-27 NKJV, emphasis added)
In Romans 2:28-29, Paul explains that the Jews’ true spiritual identity comes from circumcised hearts.
“For man believes with his heart and so is justified, and he confesses with his lips and so is saved. Romans 10:10 NRSV”
Paul gives examples of how God chose Isaac and rejected Ishmael who was the firstborn and likewise Jacob over Esau.
7. God calls people not on the basis of their good or bad works, but according to his divine purpose. (Romans 9:12 TPT)
…we see that Esau was a blessed man (Genesis 33:8-16, Genesis 36). God hated Esau in regard to inheriting the covenant, not in regard to blessing in this life or the next. (Guzik)
“A woman once said to Mr. Spurgeon, ‘I cannot understand why God should say that He hated Esau.’ ‘That,’ Spurgeon replied, ‘is not my difficulty, madam. My trouble is to understand how God could love Jacob.’ ” (Newell)
To be honest, I don’t see how this passage is encouraging with regard to unsaved loved ones. Please comment below or on the facebook page if you followed that logic. I do know, “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 NRSV, emphasis added)”
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 16 Day 3 ~ Romans 9:6-13