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Summary: This sermon looks at the place of Israel in the framework of Gods electing purposes.

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ROMANS 11:1 – 10. YOU’RE NEVER WALK ALONE.

PAUL HAS SHOWN US THE TRAGIC CONDITION OF ISRAEL WITH HER UNIQUE PRIVILEGES 9:1-4 YET DISTANT FROM GOD (UNBELIEF). PAUL HAS SHOWN THAT GOD WAS NEITHER UNFAITHFUL TO HIS PROMISES 9:6 OR UNJUST TOWARDS THEM WHEN IT CAME TO THEIR SALVATION 9:14 - BUT IT WAS IN ORDER THAT GODS PURPOSE IN ELECTION MIGHT STAND 9:11 AND THEIR REJECTION OF CHRIST 9:32 AND THEIR CONTINUAL REJECTION OF GODS ADVANCES 10:21.

YET IN THEIR DISOBEDIENCE THEY FAIL TO RESPOND TO GOD….… SO IN THIS CHAPTER PAUL UNPACKS TWO QUESTIONS WHICH DEALS WITH THE IMPLICATIONS OF THEIR DISOBEDIENCE.

1ST V1 DID GOD REJECT HIS PEOPLE? 1- 10 .

2ND V11 DID THEY STUMBLE SO AS TO FALL BEYOND RECOVERY? 11 – 32 .

THE FIRST QUESTION DEALS WITH ISRAEL’S PRESENT PREDICAMENT AND THE SECOND QUESTION DEALS WITH THEIR FUTURE PROSPECT. TODAY WE ARE GONG TO ANSWER THE FIRST QUESTION

• “DID GOD REJECT HIS PEOPLE?” HAS GOD ABANDONED HIS PEOPLE?

TRUE STORY: ITS HALF PAST EIGHT IN THE MORNING, THERE WERE CROWDS OF BUSY PASSENGERS IN THE CHANGYUN NANCHANG LONG DISTANCE BUS STATION, JIANGXI PROVINCE. NONE OF THE PEOPLE NOTICED THAT THERE WAS A LITTLE BABY PLACED ON THE BENCH IN THE CORNER.

ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE BABY CRIED OUT AND DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE PEOPLE AROUND. THEY FOUND THAT THE SOUND CAME FROM A BABY ON THE BENCH WHO WAS WRAPPED BY A SMALL PIECE OF QUILT. HOWEVER, NO ONE AROUND SEEMED TO BE HIS (OR HER) PARENT, AND ONLY A NURSING BOTTLE WAS NEAR BY.

PEOPLE WHO WERE WAITING THERE CAME UP AND SOMEBODY SAID THAT IT MUST BE SOMEONE CARELESS THAT LEFT THE BABY HERE. ANOTHER SAID THAT IT MUST BE AN ABANDONED BABY. ONE PERSON TOUCHED THE NURSING BOTTLE AND FOUND THAT IT WAS ALREADY COLD, AND THEN HE WENT TO FETCH SOME MILK FOR THE BABY.

A CREW MEMBER WORKING AT THE BUS STATION GOT THE BOTTLE HEATED AT ONCE, AND THEN SHE TOOK THE BABY INTO HER ARMS AND FED HER. THE HUNGRY BABY HAD SOME OF THE MILK AND FELL ASLEEP, NOT CRYING ANY MORE.

SOMEONE AMONG THE SURROUNDING PEOPLE SAW A NOTE IN THE QUILT. IT READ “HOPE SOME KIND PERSON TAKE CARE OF THIS BABY GIRL. SHE WAS BORN AT TWO IN THE MORNING, JAN. 28TH, 2007. I CAN’T RAISE HER BY MYSELF. IF THERE IS A CHANCE, I WISH WE CAN MEET TEN YEARS FROM NOW AT BAYI BRIDGE, WHITE CAT AREA.”

AFTER THAT, THE CREW MEMBER WORKING AT THE BUS STATION CALLED 110 (CHINA’S 911) AND SENT THE BABY TO THE NANCHANG SOCIAL WELFARE INSTITUTE. HTTP://RESEARCH-CHINA.BLOGSPOT.COM/2007/03/CHILD-ABANDONMENT-FROM-INSIDE-II.HTML

SO HAS GOD JUST ABANDONED ISRAEL AS A NATION? AS A HUMAN BEING WOULD JUST DUMP A NEW BORN CHILD ON A BENCH AT A BUS STATION? PAUL’S ANSWER IS CATEGORICAL V1 BY NO MEANS.......

WE COULD BE MISTAKEN IN THINKING THAT GOD HAS REJECTED ISRAEL AS A NATION, ABANDONED IT, AFTER ALL THEY HAD REJECTED HIM 9:32, 10:21. YET THIS IS NOT THE CASE, BECAUSE IT DOESN’T DEPEND ON THE WILL OF MAN BUT UPON THE UNCHANGING NATURE OF GOD AND HIS COVENANTAL PROMISES MADE TO ISRAEL.

GOD CANNOT REVOKE HIS PROMISES HEB 6: 13- 15 17 -18 , GOD EMBODIES ALL TRUTH , THEREFORE HE CANNOT LIE. BECAUSE GOD IS TRUTH, ISRAEL CAN BE SURE IN HIS PROMISES - GOD DOES NOT CHANGE HIS PLANS. ISRAEL MIGHT BE LOST (IN THE WILDERNESS) BUT THEY ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.


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