The Word of Promise

The Promise of God

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Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans
Chapter 9


The Word of Promise Bible Quest

The Promise of God

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our thought provoking The Word of Promise Bible study taking a look at the Promise of God. The absolutely awesome message will truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.

The Word of Promise Bible Journey
The Promise of God to You

It's such a pleasure having you here for more Daily Bread. Well, we're halfway through Paul's letter to the Romans already! In this part of Paul's letter, we've got sort of a little lesson of Who's Who. Paul tells us that just because someone is born an Israelite, that doesn't guarantee them anything.

He begins by saying how sad he is for his kinsmen (the Israelites) that believe they automatically get privileges because of their heritage.

Below is the first part of Chapter 9, with scripture references included. Take a little read and then we will discuss it more.

Romans 9:1-18

1 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.
6 Not as though the Word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel [They don't all have the Faith that Israel had, just because they were born of Israel.]:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called [Genesis 21:12].
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son [Genesis 18:10].
10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth;)
12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger [Genesis 25:23].
13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated [Malachi 1:2-3].
14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
15 For He saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion [Exodus 33:19].
16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth [it doesn't matter if a person wishes or pursues], but of God that sheweth mercy.
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth [Exodus 9:16].
18 Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth [makes stubborn].

The Word of Promise Bible Vow
The Promise of God is Real

So, what's the message we're supposed to derive from this? Like Paul said from the beginning, it doesn't matter who you are, what matters is if God chooses you. Shucks, you could be Isaac's son and not be chosen, as you've seen, or, you could be someone who persecutes Christians, and be chosen, as Paul was. It doesn't matter who you are. Paul goes on:

Romans 9:19-29

19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour [Proverbs 16:4]?
22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24 Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved [Hosea 1:10].
26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth [Isaiah 10:22-23].
29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha [Isaiah 1:9, Isaiah 13:19].

The Word of Promise Bible Meaning
The Promise of God Explained

What does this mean? Perhaps that if God had left the children of Israel such a massive people, they might have been totally destroyed if God hadn't reduced them to just a small number, when He scattered them during the carrying away into Babylon.

Funny, this is similar to what happened in Babylon at the very beginning of it's existence. The people grew to thinking that they could reach heaven and make a name for themselves (become famous Genesis 11:4). But God saw that they were up to no good, so he confused their language and scattered them throughout the earth. Maybe the children of Israel were getting a little too close to this manner of thinking, so God took care of business.

Romans 9:30-33

30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed [Isaiah 8:14, Isaiah 28:16].

The Word of Promise Bible Study
The Promise of God Forever

So you see, the Lord, just as He has throughout the ages, judges us by our decisions. He doesn't want a bunch of angels that will choose anything but Him and fall. He doesn't want a bunch of angels that decide they want to be Him, and build a tower that reaches to heaven. He just wants us to be righteous children.

To the Jewish people, Jesus (the stumbling stone) was totally the opposite of law, so you can see why the term stumbling stone is used. The Jewish people who couldn't see the Truth in Him and accept Faith over law, tripped over the stone, they were offended by Him, even though He patiently answered their questions about His doctrine, over and over again, they couldn't see that the things they studied in scripture so diligently, and their long awaited Messiah, was right before their eyes, and they stumbled over Him.

It looks like God has His own version of Who Is Who, and it's up to us to decide if Jesus is who the Messiah is, or if we choose law instead. Who's who? Depending on what we choose, will determine whether He will choose us in the end.

The Word of Promise Bible Conclusion
The Promise of God Summary

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