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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Romans 9-11 Chapter Nine: Message Outlines

Romans 9:1-5 (8)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 8
December 3, 2017
Humble, Texas
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Thesis:   Israel had the heritage of "blessedness" so that Paul, as an enlightened Israelite and preacher of the Gospel, deeply felt the loss caused by unbelief.

Introduction:   In this opening paragraph of Paul's clarification of God's larger plan, Paul seeks to explain his own attitude toward those Israelites who were attempting to dissuade people from faith in his message by charging him with promoting a theology of hate toward Israel. This charge reflects Israel's own failing rather than Paul's in that Israel naturally took their "blessedness" as a basis for "hate" (toward Samaritan and Gentile). Being blindly guilty of their own "theology of hate" they naturally assumed that Paul was guilty of the same flaw (the modern psychologists call this "projection", where one "projects" their own faults upon others and assumes those others guilty while being blindly enslaved to the "log" in their own eye).

We have come to the end of the paragraph where Paul brings his explanation of his grief and sorrow over his "brethren", who are Israelites, to a climax. The issue of this climax is Paul's regret over Israel in light of what they possessed as a heritage, but forsook in order to attempt to prove themselves "wise".


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