The Apostle’s Anguish

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Romans 9:1-5
[1] I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— [2]  that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. [3] For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. [4] They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. [5] To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

Deep Sheet: Sermon Study Questions
1.   What questions do you have as we begin this section? What reasons were given for the significance and relevance of chapters 9-11?
2.   What is the logical connection between the end of chapter 8 and the beginning of chapter 9?
3.   Why does Israel’s unbelief bring Paul so much sorrow? In general, how does the depth of his concern for the lost convict us in the area of evangelism?
4.   How does Paul describe Israel? What pictures / stories from the Old Testament come to your mind as you read vv. 4-5?
5.   How does the end of v. 5 function as a climax to Paul’s description of Israel? How does it inform our view of Christ?

References: Romans 11:32-36; 1:9-10; Exodus 32:32; Philippians 3:5; Genesis 32:28; Deuteronomy 7:6; Exodus 4:22; Leviticus 16:2; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 11:28-29; Titus 2:13; Luke 1:54-55, 68-69.

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