March 3 - A Remnant (Romans 11:1-10)
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This Is Amazing Grace
All My Ways
Christ Is Mine Forevermore
Hallelujah What A Savior
Josh Herring will begin teaching a series on the Old Testament: History of Israel. This class will be at 10:00am in the Youth Room.
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” 4 But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 8 as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
9 And David says,
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.”
In chapter 9, we were confronted with the paradox of Israel’s rejection. They were privileged by God with the law, temple and patriarchs and yet were mired in unbelief. Why were they not part of the growing church as it spread out to the world? Did God reject his people? Has God given up on Israel? Paul answers with an emphatic, no. Even in the large-scale Jewish rejection of Jesus, God knows what he is doing. In our passage, he proves that God is faithful to his promises and that God is righteous in his judgments. He is faithful in all his ways, and he is righteous in hardening those who reject his way of humble grace.
Review and Apply
Explain the two ways to understand 'Israel'. How are both used in this passage?
What are Paul's arguments for proving God's faithfulness?
What is the remnant?
How do you know you are part of the remnant chosen by grace?
How does this section encourage our zeal for evangelism?
What does it mean, "the rest were hardened?"
How do we avoid the dynamic of hardening in our own lives?
How does this passage lead you to greater wonder and awe over God's majesty and mystery?