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Romans 9_6-33 His Promise, His Purpose, His Revelation

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ROMANS 9: 6-33

His Promise, His Purpose, His Revelation

Secular:

  • I Love Speeding Ticket Stories   
  • Rarely do people deserve them
  • Rarely is it their fault
  • We get all defensive talking about it…
    • Why don’t they go after real criminals
  • Funny thing… we like Justice and consistency when it protects us.. when it serves us…
  •  We love God’s Word when it promises us stuff…. Good stuff
  •  We struggle when His Word challenges us…
  • Israel has been the favoured child amongst all nations…. But Israel is more about heart and faith than nationality
  • Israelites weren’t really warm to the idea of others in the covenant… others as the children of God…

Biblical:

9:6-33

His Promise

8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.

His Purpose

16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.

His Revelation

25 As He says also in Hosea, "I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, 'MY PEOPLE,' AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, 'BELOVED.'… His Word

33 just as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."… Jesus

Personal:

  •  It is hard sometimes…. Lots of times…. To let God be God
  •  Read his Word… accept his Word....
    • Without manipulating it…
    • Without massaging it
    • Accept it (orthodoxy -tested against others and history)
    • Apply it…. Live it…
  •  Easier to make it fit me!
  • Israel to hard to accept Christ…
    • Upset their systems
    • Allow gentiles
    • Fulfilled Messiah… (new God)

Bridge:

  •  We live in a world bent on making God fit….
  •  Changing, rereading, misapplying his Nature….
  • Others redesigning Him….
  • We are benefactors of his Grace
  • We are subject to his Sovereign Word
  • He initiates the relationship in Grace
    • We need to hear his Promise
    • We need to understand his Purpose
    • We need to honour his Revelation

Body:

His Promise…

Romans 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED." 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise: "AT THIS TIME I WILL COME, AND SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON." 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God's purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, "THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER." 13 Just as it is written, "JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED."

  • Funny Paul has to answer ask the questions that haven’t been asked yet…. (He just shared his heart for Israel… they question…has the word of God failed).
  • Paul explains…. Not everyone grows up and hears the word, lives the Jewish life, shares the family tree. - Becomes a devout Jew… inheritor of the promises of Abraham.
  • Paul was correcting the prevailing idea that Jews challenged the church with…  why wouldn’t we get it if it is true? If God was calling he would call us and we would answer… we would know!
  • Ever explain something TRUE to your spouse… and they didn’t get it… it is not mechanical…
  •  Faith isn’t mechanical… Paul uses some examples…
    • Abraham’s first child was Ishmael…
    • Isaac was the inheritor of the promise…
  • With his Children…
    • Esau was to be born first….
    • Jacob was the younger who was served…
  • The message… God is sovereign… 
  •  In his Mercy the Father sent his Son…
  • And calls to himself a people.
  • Gal 3:6-7 tells us the truth… that failure of the Jews to Recognize the Messiah was not a failure of God… It was a failure of the Jews to recognize God. “Hear Truth”
  • For all who are Children of Faith are children of the promise… Galatians 3:6 Even so Abraham BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7 Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.    
  • His promise is to all whom He Sovereignly calls…
  • Regardless of race… or past… nationality… or lifestyle
  • Whether WE like or not… (we benefited)

Application:

    • Trust God
    • Open to those He Brings
      • Life
      • Path
      • Place
    • Not closed
  • His promise is to all whom He Sovereignly calls…  

His Purpose…

14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH." 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?" 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, "Why did you make me like this," will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.

  •  Remember the context…. Paul talking about unbelief… its tragedy…
  • His response to the first anticipated question…
  • God is faithful to his promises and is Sovereign… it isn’t mechanistic… we are undeserving… yet God redeems regardless of lineage… or religiosity… those whom he calls.
  •  Now we get to see his purpose…
  •  Israel had become the spoiled child…
    • I deserve…
    • My right
      • To be redeemed
      • To be heir of the promise
    • Ever see I deserve today?
      • Leisure culture…
      • Not thankful…. Expecting
      • About Rights… not privileges

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      • Many ways to heaven….
      • Good people go to heaven…
      • My family went to church….
      • My faith my way….
      • SAD!
    • Instead of serve, love and relationship… Rights. Lineage and practices….*
  •  I deserve isn’t how God operates… His purpose is to demonstrate his sovereignty… mercy and compassion… best exhibited to those who least deserve…*
  • The unrighteous… the imperfect…. The undeserving…  Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  •  "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
  •  The message is a message of justice, sovereignty and mercy… So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
  • We do not deserve!
  • It does not rest in us…
  • His Purpose… message is a message of justice, sovereignty and mercy…
  •  To have those whom He has called trust and obey… to be in perfect relationship!
  • If it resides in us… it cultivates an I deserve attitude…
  • Look at Israel… they assumed… that by lineage… they deserved…
    • They missed truth of the Word…
    • They missed the truth of the Messiah…
    • The line of Abraham are those who have been called children by faith…
  •  Implications and Applications:
    •  No Spiritual arrogance
    •  Openness to those He calls
    • Witness to all… He Calls from all
    •  Obedience
    • Dedication
  • His Purpose… the message is a message of justice, sovereignty and mercy…

 

His Revelation:

25 As He says also in Hosea, "I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE, 'MY PEOPLE,' AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED, 'BELOVED.'" 26 "AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM, 'YOU ARE NOT MY PEOPLE,' THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING GOD." 27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, "THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED; 28 FOR THE LORD WILL EXECUTE HIS WORD ON THE EARTH, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY." 29 And just as Isaiah foretold, "UNLESS THE LORD OF SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY, WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE SODOM, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED GOMORRAH." 30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."

  •  God asserts his sovereignty in his Word… , "I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT MY PEOPLE,
  • God asserts his authority in his Son…, "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED."
  •  God’s revelation is consistent
    • Genesis, Malachi, Hosea, Isaiah, Exodus….
    • Isaiah text 700 BC
  •  God’s revelation is consistent
    • Jesus
  • God’s revelation is consistent
    • Apostle’s
  • God authors timeless truth
  • Word pointed to Christ from Genesis
  • Through the Prophet’s
  • In the Gospels
  • Forward from the Epistle’s
  • We can’t ignore it… or will be as foolish as the Jews to whom Paul was writing
  • We will begin to follow our own systems… instead of God’s

Conclusion:

His Promise

  • More than the nation of Israel
  • The Hope is for us all
  • The Scope of the promise is God himself

His Purpose

  •  Declare his sovereignty
  •  No spiritual arrogance
  • Open to those whom He calls
  • Witness to the diverse
  • Obedience
  • Dedication

His Revelation

  • READ, RESPECT, HONOUR His Word 
  •  TIMELESS
  • Not ours to dance out of….
  •  Our to accept
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