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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Romans 9-11 Chapter Nine: Message Outlines

Romans 9:6-13 (4)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 2 Study # 4
January 21, 2017
Humble, Texas
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Thesis:   God's "Love" for Jacob and "Hatred" for Esau should not be the stumbling block that it is.

Introduction:   In Paul's presentation of the reality of God's Larger Plan, he has argued that the accusation that he "hates" Israelites is false, and that the accusation that his "Gospel" is inherently self-contradictory is also false.

However, his argument that the accusation that his "Gospel" is inherently self-contradictory introduces a concept that has become, as strange as it sounds, a major stumbling-block for many. That "stumbling-block" is this: God has a right to make decisions that affect others for good or ill.

This reality raises one of the most crucial issues in anyone's experience. That issue is this: How does any given realization of Reality affect one's "reaction" in regard to "God"? For unbelievers, this is at the heart of whether, or not, they remain unbelievers. For believers, this is at the heart of whether, or not, they continue to progress in sanctification or take their hand off the plough (Luke 9:62). This issue of "reaction" is typically found in one of two situations. First, "reality" consists of being subjected to some experience, whether considered "good" or "bad". And second, "reality" consists of discovering something about God that was previously unknown, whether determined to be "good" or "bad". What happens when God subjects someone to an unexpected experience? What happens when God reveals something about Himself to someone that they did not previously know? The answers are critical because they become the determinative agents of more unexpected experiences and/or more revelation of God that was previously unknown.

In our text for study this evening, we read, "Jacob I have loved, but/and Esau I have hated", and that falls into its place as "proof" (in the "Just as it stands written..." formula) of his claim that Yahweh has an "Israel" within the nation of "Israelites" that are heirs of the promises made to the fathers.


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