Israel’s Past Election
26 June 2022 AM – Romans 9 – Rom2022 – Scott Childs
Introduction: In Romans 9-11, Paul turns his attention to the Nation of Israel. In that day, a majority of the Nation of Israel had rejected Christ as Messiah. Christian Jews were confused by this and by the fact that sinners of the Gentiles were receiving the Gospel. Thus, in Romans 9-11, the Holy Spirit had the Apostle Paul explain Israel’s past election, Israel’s present rejection, and Israel’s future salvation.
Transition: This morning, as we examine Israel’s Past Election in Romans 9, I want us to focus on the blessing that though Israel is God’s chosen people, salvation is available to both Jew and Gentile by faith in Christ alone.
Paul loved his nation Israel (v.1-5)
Though many Jews were confused that Paul was ministering to the Gentiles and that they were receiving God’s salvation, he assured them that he was not turning against Israel.
a. He longed for their salvation (v.1-3)
1) His heart was burdened for his people.
2) He was willing to be cursed by God if that would bring his brethren to Christ. This sounds a lot like what Moses had prayed centuries earlier. (Exodus 32:31-32) “And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.“
3) Paul was certainly NOT against Israel.
b. He praised God for Israel’s privileges (v.4-5)
He listed eight privileges Israel had.
1) God adopted the nation of Israel. He made them His people.
2) They witnessed the glory of God’s excellence.
3) God gave Israel covenants: the Abrahamic covenant, the Mosaic covenant, and the Davidic covenant.
4) God gave them the law. He gave it to Israel.
5) God service rituals in the temple. These do not apply to Christians.
6) They received God’s promises, many of which will not be fulfilled until the Millennium.
7) God promised to make Abraham a nation.
8) Through the nation of Israel, Christ the Messiah came.
The fact of God’s sovereignty in the election of Israel to accomplish God’s purpose of bringing Christ to the earth had no bearing on their decision for or against God! David Thomason