Today is Friday, March 9th. Today, we begin to tread into some deeper waters. I highly encourage you, if you have not yet, to pick up a good Bible commentary or study Bible. It may prove to be a great help throughout the remainder of Romans. I want to encourage you - stick with this! There are amazing promises and revelations that will unfold throughout the rest of Romans. I pray that the Lord will enlighten our hearts and minds with wisdom concerning His Word. - Peter
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
- Have you ever not received or been robbed of something that was rightfully yours?
- How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to open your heart and eyes as you read the passage, which has been completely inspired by God.
DISCOVER [Romans 9:1-13 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac,11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
_ Why is Paul anguished in verse 2? (See verse 4-5)
_ To what extent would Paul be willing to go in order to see Israel reconciled to God? (v. 3) What does this tell us about Paul?
_What things belong to Israel? Why don’t they have them? (v. 4-5)
_ How does Paul respond to the idea that God broke His promise to Israel?
_ What is the difference between “children of flesh” and “children of promise”? Why is Paul differentiating between these two in reference to Israel’s standing before God and the inheritance of His promise?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and how does the gospel compel me to respond with a simple step of action/obedience? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Are there any seemingly unfulfilled promises, made by God in His Word, in your life? Based on this passage, we know that Israel has been through a time where the promises made to them seemed broken, as well. What does this passage teach us about His promises in your life?
+ WHO are you walking with to discover or grow in Jesus and what is your next step with them, how can we help?