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The Gospel Concerning Israel (11 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, September 27, 2009
TEXT: Romans 9:1-33
INTRODUCTION: In this lesson, Paul will talk about divine election as it relates to Israel. He will discuss the difference between spiritual Israel (those who received the truth) and Israel after the flesh, those who rejected the truth and were Jews in name only.
Let me give you our outline…
I. PAUL'S BURDEN FOR ISRAEL (VV. 1-5)
A. A Painful Expression of Heart (vv. 1-3)
1. It's hard to imagine someone having that kind of
a burden-a burden so heavy and so great that he would be willing to be accursed from Christ-to give up his own salvation in order that his fellow kinsmen might be saved. I am certainly concerned about the lost, but I would never be willing to give up my relationship with Christ for someone else. I would do just about anything to see a person saved but not that. Having said that, you and I need a burden for the lost. The only way others will ever be saved is if we tell them about Jesus. James 5:20 says, "Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
B. A Privileged Class of People (vv. 4, 5)
1. The Israelites are a privileged class of people.
They were adopted into God's family. In Exodus 4:22, God told Moses, "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my firstborn." As adopted children, they were entitled to all the rights and privileges that come with a Father/son relationship. They received the covenants or agreements between God and their fathers- the Abrahamic Covenant, concerning the promise of a Savior; the Mosaic Covenant, concerning the Law; the Palestinian Covenant, concerning the Land; the Davidic Covenant concerning the throne; and finally, the New Covenant, promising Israel a new heart (Jer. 31:27-43 and Heb. 9:15).
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