by James Merritt

Is God Through with the Jew?
James Merritt
Romans 9:1-9


1. The question which serves as the title of this message is the whole sum and substance of the next three chapters in the book of Romans. Paul is going to show plainly, without any doubt or peradventure, that God is not through with the Jew. Regardless of what some theologians say, or some politicians declare, God is not through with the Jew.

2. Paul is definitely here speaking of the nation of Israel. He clues us in to who he is talking about repeatedly. In v.3 he refers to ''my brethren.'' (v.3) He goes on to enlarge that by saying, ''my countrymen according to the flesh.'' (v.3)

3. He then goes on to specifically tell us he is dealing with the ''Israelites.'' (v.4) Now Paul had several wonderful reasons why he was very interested in the Jewish people.

4. He had a personal reason why he was interested in the Jew. He himself was Jewish. He himself had a deep love for the nation of Israel. I dare say that no one, outside of the Lord Jesus Christ himself, has ever had a deeper and a greater love for the nation of Israel than the Apostle Paul.

5. He also had a practical interest in the nation of Israel. For God had sent him to be a witness to his own countrymen. In fact, Paul's mission to the Gentiles could have been so much easier if he could have first reached the Jews. Can you imagine what a mighty army for Christianity the Jewish nation herself could have been two thousand years ago?

6. But he also had a prophetical reason to be interested in the nation of Israel because God, both through the writings of the Old Testament and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, showed Paul in a crystal-clear fashion that God still has a plan for the nation of Israel, a purpose for the nation of Israel, and is going to keep His promise to the nation of Israel.

7. Now if you are not interested in Israel or in the Jewish people, then I know that two things must be true about you. On th ...

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