Summary: Much of what Paul writes in Romans comes from Isaiah: God’s truth is eternal, so it is no surprise that we see the major tenants of the Christian faith are found in the Old Testament.
Romans in Isaiah 48
1. This has been an eventful week. We were shocked by the Boston Marathon bombing; floods reminded us of 2003, and many of you had flooded basements and streets.
2 The church had a number of water issues.
4. Our motto this week was “Let’s get it over with!”
5. Yet sometimes we feel opposite: we have good times & want to extend them.
6. God is to extending the good; he does it in particular with the truth of the Word
7. Today we will examine extended truths, truths that speak of God’s character
Main Idea: Much of what Paul writes in Romans comes from Isaiah: God’s truth is eternal, so it is no surprise that we see the major tenants of the Christian faith are found in the Old Testament.
I. The Stubbornness of the Ancient Jewish PEOPLE (1-8)
A. The people did not TRUST God alone despite fulfilled prophecy
• They had some faith in God, but also trusted in pagan gods…
• Some people say they are 60% Christian and 40% something else
• We need to put all our eggs in one basket; that basket is Jesus
B. God KNEW they would be stubborn when he chose them
Deuteronomy 9:6, ““Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people.”
Sometimes a guy or gal marries a stubborn person and then complains they married a stubborn person; we say, “Duh!” But this is exactly what God did!
C. This FORESHADOWED their widespread rejection of Messiah (Romans 11:7-10)
Romans 11:7, “What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened…”
By not forsaking the people who have stubbornly and repeated rejected him, God has a great opportunity to showcase his Sovereign Grace…
• God passes over the unwilling and seeks those whose hearts are soft
• Pastor friend: small, dead church…. Build around people rather than coerce
D. CONVICTION differs from stubbornness
1. Conviction is grounded in God’s truth (sure about some things)
2. Stubbornness is grounded in personality (yours or others) and self-referenced, usually tied in to emotion
4. Conviction helps us resist the lures that dangle themselves before us
• The lure of unbelief
• The lure of the world (conformity)
• The lure of religion and gaining a sense of security through it (idolatry)
• The lure of complacency
Application: God loves stubborn people, and so must we. It is hard to love people who get on our nerves, who have attributes that irritate us. Some of us are introverts and easily over stimulated; some of us are extroverts and find introverts boring; others are ambiverts (both) and can’t understand why everyone is trying to make everyone else like them. But however we are, we are called to love. God loves even the stubborn.
II. God Continues to REFINE and Preserve the Jewish People Nonetheless (9-15)
A. The Lord continues to APPEAL to Israel (9-11) -- he has and is refining them…