Romans Lesson 19 Day 4
My answers to BSF study questions
8. Verses 11-16
Because many of the Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah, it opened the door for the gospel to go out to the Gentiles. Many Gentiles took advantage of this opportunity.
Paul writes that not only was this good for the Gentiles, he also hoped the Jews would take notice and desire the blessings of grace for themselves.
Unfortunately, the Gentiles have often mistreated and rejected the Jews which has not provoked them to jealousy.
9. Verses 17-24
Although Jesus, the Messiah, came to the Jews first and many rejected him, the Gentiles have no reason to feel superior about their salvation. As Gentiles we should be humble and thankful Jesus extended His loving gift toward us and that He grafted us in. If we were Jews, we might have rejected Jesus, too.
Likewise, Jews who accept Jesus have no reason to boast.
In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises. (Galatians 3:28-29 MSG)
10. God clearly showed his love for us.
But think about this: while we were wasting our lives in sin, God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us. (Romans 5:8 Voice)
I watched part of an obscure Woodie Allen movie once. He managed to perfectly portray life without God–a pathetic, meaningless, hopeless existence.
During the seasons where I lost my zeal or felt angry at God, I soon realized it was a lonely place. Unlike the prodigal son, I knew I could call on Him at any time and He would come running to me with open arms.
Actually, He never left me. That’s just how I imagined the reunion.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 19 Day 4 ~ Romans 11:11-24