They had everything going for them—family, glory, covenants, revelation, worship, promises, to say nothing of being the race that produced the Messiah, the Christ, who is God over everything, always. Because instead of trusting God, they took over. 49:18; 50:40; Amos 4:11, ch. Like … Romans 9:2: It's an enormous pain deep within me, and I'm never free of it. It’s an enormous pain deep within me, and I’m never free of it. I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion. They’re my family. Scripture: Romans 9… I’m not exaggerating—Christ and the Holy Spirit are my witnesses. Remember that promise, “When I come back next year at this time, Sarah will have a son”? Careful! Hosea put it well: I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies;    I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved.In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!”    they’re calling you “God’s living children.”. Romans 10:9 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 10:9, NIV: "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." 1:25; John 1:1; 2 Cor. It’s the Israelites . From the outset, not all Israelites of the flesh were Israelites of the spirit. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. 2 It's an enormous pain deep within me, and I'm never free of it. I'm not exaggerating - Christ … And so they stumbled into him and went sprawling. 32 Why? Not so fast, please. I grew up with them. 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 Eugene H. Peterson by NavPress Publishing. If the big decisions are already made, what say do we have in it?”. gives us the metaphor for pulling this together: Careful! 1 At the same time, you need to know that I carry with me at all times a huge sorrow. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. They have stumbled over the (AW)stumbling stone, 33 as it is written, (AX)“Behold, I am laying in Zion (AY)a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense;    (AZ)and whoever believes in him will not be (BA)put to shame.”, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson. 92:15, Deut. But it certainly does not support a general theology of predestination unto heaven or hell for all human beings. At the same time, you need to know that I carry with me at all times a huge sorrow. Romans 9 King James Version (KJV). 3 For (B)I could wish that I myself were (C)accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,[a] my kinsmen (D)according to the flesh. To Rebecca, also, a promise was made that took priority over genetics. He and his father both served as Pharisees. you’ll find me on the way, not in the way. 29:23; Isa. Feb 21, 2001. I’ve put a huge stone on the road to Mount Zion. God told Moses, “I’m in charge of mercy. 2:16; 3:24; Phil. The problem goes back a long way. 25-26 God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. It’s an enormous pain deep within me, and I’m never free of it. 14-18 Is that grounds for complaining that God is unfair? It’s an enormous pain deep within me, and I’m never free of it. Romans 10:9, ESV: "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? By passing over Ishmael, God showed that there was nothing of saving in blood or birth. Romans 9:20-33-20-33 MSG. 2:12, ch. By no means! And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? What God did in this case made it perfectly plain that his purpose is not a hit-or-miss thing dependent on what we do or don’t do, but a sure thing determined by his decision, flowing steadily from his initiative. This is part of a series of posts on Romans. And that’s not the only time. took over. If you're looking for me, you'll find me on the way, not in the way. 3 If there were any way I could be cursed by the Messiah so they could be blessed by him, I’d do it in a minute. The Absoluteness of Christ and the Universality of God’s Love. How could they miss it? This is Paul’s message in Romans, and Romans 9–11 fit perfectly into this overall theme. From the outset, not all Israelites of the flesh were Israelites of the spirit. They had everything going for them—family, glory, covenants, revelation, worship, promises, to say nothing of being the race that produced the Messiah, the Christ, who is God over everything, always. Because instead of trusting God. The same point was made when God said to Pharaoh, “I picked you as a bit player in this drama of my salvation power.” All we’re saying is that God has the first word, initiating the action in which we play our part for good or ill. Are you going to object, “So how can God blame us for anything since he’s in charge of everything? 20-33 Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 6-9 Don’t suppose for a moment, though, that God’s Word has malfunctioned in some way or other. Oh, yes! 9 For this is what the promise said: (R)“About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but (S)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 (T)him who calls— 12 she was told, (U)“The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, (V)“Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”. 4:24; Eph. 11:31; Heb. I grew up with them. I'm not exaggerating - Christ and the Holy Spirit are my witnesses. It’s an enormous pain deep within me, and I’ 11:18; Cited from Gen. 21:12; [Gal. But the stone is me! They were absorbed in what they themselves were doing. From the outset, not all Israelites of the flesh were Israelites of the spirit. And Israel, who seemed so interested in reading and talking about what God was doing, missed it. But the stone is me! It wasn’t Abraham’s sperm that gave identity here, but God’s promise. When she became pregnant by our one-of-a-kind ancestor, Isaac, and her babies were still innocent in the womb—incapable of good or bad—she received a special assurance from God. But, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 29:14; Gal. ... Conference Message. All those people who didn’t seem interested in what God was doing actually embraced what God was doing as he straightened out their lives. How can we sum this up? The problem goes back a long way. Who in the world do you think you are to second-guess God? They were so absorbed in their “God projects” that they didn’t notice God right in front of them, like a huge rock in the middle of the road. Preaching Zeal That Accords with Knowledge. That means that Israelite identity was never racially determined by sexual transmission, but it was. God told Moses, “. Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. It's the Israelites . 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