Sunday Recap for 01.19.20 The Sovereignty of God Part Two

Sunday Recap for 01.19.20 The Sovereignty of God Part Two

Sunday, January 19, 2020, Evident Grace Fellowship looked at Romans 9.6-13:

 

Romans 9.6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

 

From those verses, we pursued this Big Idea and these three points:

 

Big Idea: God is Sovereign Part Two

 

Did the Word of God Fail?

Who are the Children of the Promise?

Does God Hate People?

 

In light of Paul’s struggle with so many Israelites not believing in Jesus, Paul asks this question:

 

Did the Word of God Fail?

 

Romans 9.6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”

 

If the Israelites don’t believe in Jesus, then did the promises and the word of God fail? No. Because being a child of God is not about being physically a descendent of Abraham. If that was the case, then merely being born in the lineage of Abraham would be all you need before God. That’s not the case.

 

Who are the Children of the Promise?

 

8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.

 

Paul makes it official. The children of God’s promise to Abraham are not just those born of the flesh. So, who are they then?

 

Does God Hate People?

 

9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

 

God chooses who believes in Him. He does it before they are born and before they’ve done anything good or anything bad. Jacob was a mess – a liar, a thief, and a cheat. But God chose Him to be a child of God. Esau was faithful to his family and his father. God did not choose Him. God chooses who will believe in Him.

 

Big Idea: God is Sovereign Part Two

 

Did the Word of God Fail?

Who are the Children of the Promise?

Does God Hate People?

 

Truth: God’s word, His promises, and His mercy never fail, no matter what our perception of things might be.

 

Application: Live knowing that if you have faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins, then God’s word has not failed you, nor will you ever be cast out (Remember Romans 8.38-39).

 

Action: Cultivate deeper humility this week by reminding yourself of God’s kept promises to you.

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