Chapter 9 of Romans deals with three misunderstandings of the Romans. Paul corrects each of these misunderstandings. Paul is concerned that his people, Israel, who had the promises of God completely missed the meaning. He did not want them to miss their Messiah.
We see his concern in the first five verses.
Paul’s concern for Israel (9:1-5)
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Declaration of the fact that God has not fulfilled His program and purpose with Israel.
God’s plan for Israel is that they get saved.
Tomorrow we will look at the first two misunderstandings and how Paul corrected their thinking.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001