Thursday, May 7, 2020

May 7 - Romans 11

Today's reading in our daily plan is Romans 11. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Today’s chapter is another one that’s difficult to understand (some parts of the Bible are just more difficult reading than others, but don't worry -- Romans will get easier very soon!) Here’s a summary of some of the thoughts in this chapter:
    • Did God reject his people, the Jews? No, there’s a remnant who have stayed true to God.
    • What about the others? They rejected God.
    • Are they beyond God‘s grace? No, God is patient with everyone.
    • Gentiles (non-Jews) who trust in Jesus are described as branches grafted into an olive tree. The idea is that previously they hadn't known or believed in God, but now some do. But they shouldn't be arrogant about this.
    • Paul says that "all Israel will be saved." People interpret this in different ways. Some believe it means that the people of Israel will be preserved (which they have). Some think it may mean that eventually, the Jews will turn to Jesus and back to God. Others think Paul is not referring to the Israel that follows in the blood-line of Abraham, but instead the "Israel" who follows in the faith of Abraham. But these ideas are debatable.
  • The chapter ends with a great expression of wonder at God’s wisdom. This chapter concludes Paul’s heavy and seemly exhaustive treatment of God’s salvation through Jesus. From now on it gets much more direct and personally applicable. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Here are some questions about the ideas presented thus far in Romans:
    • What is sin and what are its effects?
    • Why did God give humanity the Law (the 10 commandments)?
    • How are people made right with God?
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Here are some questions about how Romans thus far personally applies to you:
    • What does it mean to have faith in God?
    • What does all this mean to you personally?