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July 6, 2020 2:00 am
God made so many promises to the Jewish nation, but are those promises void now? In the message "God, the Jew, and You," Skip talks about God's plans for Israel—and where you fit into that plan as well.
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God's plan includes everyone. Jew and Gentile is all-inclusive is not willing. The Bible says that any should perish, but also come to God's plan includes you that you my phone maybe God doesn't include maybe, perhaps I'm not elected to be say all responded out of say what if you choose him right now and you'll discover God already chosen Israel made a choice with chief, we should learn from their decision because we are presented with the same one today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip talks about what God's relationship with Israel means for you today. Before we begin using great resource that will encourage you to pray more boldly and powerfully know one of the guys asked Jesus to teach them how to pray.
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This challenge when you make yourself available to God is an incredibly dangerous prayer. We learn to pray today. Romans chapter 9 today as we get into the teaching with skip-process, but it is not that the word of God has taken no back fall short or fail God's word. God promised and failed. Why not will keep reading or they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham, but now he's quoting Genesis 21 in Isaac your seed shall be called. That is, those who are the children of the flash. These are not the children of God. The children of the promise are counted as a seed for this is the word of promise at this time I will, and Sarah shall have a son and not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac for the children not yet been born and having done or not having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of him who calls. It was said to her, the older shall serve the younger. Genesis 25 as it is written in verse 13 Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated now that's a bothersome verse I'll get to that in a minute. Paul is saying this look God's promise to Israel has not failed.
Why not because some Jews did believe and for those Jews who did believe they are part of God's elect remnant so the rejection of Christ by the majority does not negate negate the promise of God to the minority.
He still has a covenant with them. In fact, God's choice to save is not based upon physical dissent nor human merit.
So God doesn't operate on the basis of human connection. Who you're related to God's choice does not operate on the basis of human perfection working really hard earning your way to God but God operates on the basis of divine election so he could say before the kids were born.
The older will serve the younger. That after they were born.
The two examples he uses are Abraham and Isaac. Both of them had sons. Abraham had Ishmael first, then Isaac, but the promise was not to the firstborn, but that was the culture that was with the cultural law demanded the firstborn would get the inheritance but Skip the first one went to the second born Isaac son of promise.
Same with Isaac and Rebekah. They had two kids, Esau and Jacob and Esau the firstborn to the guy on the inheritance. He didn't want to Jacob. Now go down to verse 13. This is a bothersome verse as it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated what's up with okay verse 13 is a quote out of Malachi. That's the last book in the Bible and the Old Testament, Malachi chapter 1, when Malachi chapter 1 was written was the thousand years after Jacob and Esau were born so a thousand years after they were born nations developed from Jacob and Esau.
Jacob developed the nation of Israel Esau developed the nation of Edom, which hated the worship of God hated the Jewish people were enemies sworn enemies to them. So what Malachi is speaking of is not the person of Jacob and Esau. But the descendents of Jacob and Esau.
It's a statement that has to do with national election, not individual is two boys produced two nations now. Again, this is a bothersome verse there was once a seminary student who said was professor happened to be Griffith Thomas the great, eminent British/Welsh scholar and the student said Prof. I'm having a problem with the Romans chapter 9 verse 13 Jacob I have loved Esau I have hated what's up with that and the professor looked down at the verse. He said you know I have a problem with that verse two, but my problem is different from yours. I don't understand why God love Jacob.
No matter how you look at this doctrine of election.
It's hard to get your mind around it is hard to figure out how God can predetermine and elect you before you are born but then demand that you make a choice to follow him after you are born, he chooses us but then he says to you, you must choose him. But the Bible says both are true. God elects us, but then he tells us to select him. He predestines and he calls then you have to decide the belief.
How does that work I can unravel it perfectly. But let me give you an illustration that is help me.
A flight is about to leave London and fly to New York. It's a Boeing 767 airline. The destination is determined.
The route is already predetermined by the proper authority. The FAA has determined it, as well as the ICAO, the international civil aviation organization predetermine but a board that plane are passengers who have chosen the fly. They have chosen which airline to fly. They have chosen which day to depart, they have chosen where to send to the one window to their want and I'll nobody wants the middle row, but up to a certain point it made a choice once they're on board and the flight takes off.
They have the freedom to move around the cabin.
Once the little light goes off they can move around the can talk to different people. They can use the restroom. They can eat a meal they can plan the computer.
There's a lot of freedom aboard the plane, but the airplane is carrying the passengers to a predetermine port so you have two things at play. You have freedom and you have sovereignty or authority, and they do not contradict each other.
There happening at the same time on that flight and so God makes a choice based on his sovereign will scald election predestination your chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, and yet he says you must choose. Now somebody can look at that site, that's not fair.
Well glad you brought that up because that's exactly what he talks about in the next verse, verse 14 what shall we say then is there unrighteousness with God or is God unfair now is about to show us the third level of this for tiered strategy and that is the God's plan is impeccable. What shall we say then is there unrighteousness with God.
Certainly not or no way, José. And then he'll explain here's the explanation about to read God's election is always a matter of grace he doesn't elect based on what we deserve. If God acted only on the basis of all righteousness, or the fact that we deserve it. You know how many people would be safe that many.
It was a basis of who deserves to be saved this many people would be safe.
Nobody is always on the basis of grace, so look at verse 15. He continues, for he says to Moses, I will have mercy on whom ever I will have mercy and I will have compassion on whom ever I will have compassion so that it is not of him who wills were of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy for the Scripture says to Pharaoh for this very purpose I have raised you up that I might show my power in you that my name may be declared in all the earth. Therefore, he has mercy on whom he wills, and whom he wills. He hardens in verse 15.
He is quoting Exodus chapter 33. Let me let me remind you what happened in Exodus 32 Moses comes down the mountain Mount Sinai with the with the 10 Commandments and what of the people worshiping in front of whether the bill the golden calf right and there have a party and their debauched in its idolatry and the whole nations involved in the whole nation deserved to be destroyed. But God did not destroy the whole nation. He killed 3000 of them, but the majority of them he left. God was merciful and compassionate to the many though all of them deserve death. So here's Paul's argument.
If you say God is unrighteous because he chooses one over another. Then you have to say that God was unrighteous of Mount Sinai when he let most of you all live when y'all should been dead.
The fact that God did not kill the nation but let them live, and then God said, I will be merciful on whom I will show mercy and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. It's God's mercy and grace and compassion that let you live so you might think you know God is in fair and say to you, you're right. God isn't fair. It wasn't fair that Jesus should have to dine across of unfair he didn't deserve that. He was perfect, yet he did it right because God was showing mercy and compassion to me and do you and God will will do that the next illustration is Pharaoh that comes from Exodus chapter 9 now Moses and Pharaoh had had a little meeting together.
Moses said let my people go. Moses was raised in Egypt. Moses was a Jew. Pharaoh was a Gentile. Both of them were leaders.
Both of them were sinners. Both of them were murderers. Both of them saw the power of God.
Pharaoh was lost. Moses was saved.
Why was Pharaoh lost answer because Pharaoh hardened his heart.
Exhibit us out with this text says Texas whoever God wants to harden. He heart. Now it does say in the in the book of Exodus, the God harden the heart of Pharaoh.
Remember that. But before that, it says Pharaoh hardened his own heart Alfred undersigned, the great Jewish scholar noted that in the Old Testament with Pharaoh that story in Exodus 20 times it talks about Pharaoh's heart heart. 10 of those times he hardened his own heart. The other 10, God hardened his heart and the word when it says God hardened his heart is a very different word. It means to make firm or Yukon firm, so this is our works are. Pharaoh said, not looking at the people go.
I'm in charge here to do what I want. Who is the Lord that I should serve him. Remember that he hardened his heart. In effect, God said, I see your five and I raise you.
10 I meditate your decision, Pharaoh, and I'm to firm it up.
I'm been a conferment so he hardened his heart. Then God hardened his heart.
He hardened his heart again, God hardened his heart if he would've softened his heart. God would've made firm that decision as well. The point of all this is simple.
You decide to harden your heart against God. If you are determined to go to hell. God will honor your choice. God will confirm the choice that you make.
He did not create health for any human being.
Let's make that clear. Jesus said that hell is a place of everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
God never meant humans to go there, but he lets them go there if they choose to go there. As GK Chesterton the great author once noted.
Hell is God's great complement to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.
So if you want nothing to do with God. God sake to force you to have anything to do with. If you want nothing to do with God on this earth and you are pushing God far away from you.
You don't want him messing in your life. How could a loving God make you be in heaven with him forever. How cruel would that be the person I want nothing to do with God and God's love taken you to heaven. They have to be with me forever. So don't worry, God will save you if you don't want to be safe use of what's not fair. Will you know what a gift is in fair. Let's give you a gift you might look at ago.
What are you doing this I do know I just wanted to give you what you give everybody a gift night is give wealth while you given to milk a given fact that that's a gift is not fair to gift the lottery is in fair a sweepstakes is in fair God makes a sovereign independent choice to show mercy to be compassionate, on whom he wills you could say well what is that a few of the four maybe God in his foreknowledge knows that's a whole another can of worms I are knocking to go through but I'm to take you to the fourth tier, and that is God's purpose is inclusive undertaking now down to verse 23, it says, and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had prepared beforehand for glory. Even us the good part. Even us, whom he called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles as he says also in Hosea I will call them my people who are not my people, and her beloved who is not beloved, and it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, you are not my people there they shall be called sons of the living God. Here's the point. God's plan includes everyone. Jew and Gentile. It is all-inclusive. He is not willing. The Bible says that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. God's plan include you and you might Folger little arms and say well maybe God's plan doesn't include me.
Maybe perhaps I'm not elected to be say all responded out and say one if you choose him right now and you'll discover God Artie chose you will discover God is Artie been pursuing you for Jesus said no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him and he said to his disciples who made their own choice to follow him. He said you didn't choose me I chose you and I appointed you to go and bring forth fruit, you say well maybe God didn't choose me. Actually I can prove the God they choose. You receive in today receive them right now in your heart and you'll discover God picked you become the Christ. Today no one is willing to do that… Mostly end of this I'm not ready. I'm not ready to receive Jesus you maybe didn't choose you will then choose him to Surrender him nor I maybe didn't usually listen God's predetermination and God's election. Never precluded anyone from entering the kingdom of God because they just discover we were already selected by God when they made that choice.
Salvation is like pulling a rope to a drowning man throwing the ball to a drunk. The rope itself doesn't save the drowning man the drowning man has to grab it.
He can't say in the article wears a robe.
I hope it's a real God. He has to grab the rope but he can be say Phyllis or somebody at the shore, pulling him to shore. So that's how it works God by election draws you to safety. You by your choice. Grab a hold of the rope so let's close by just giving you three take away lessons from this lengthy chapter number one, you can be numbered among God's people, and yet not be one of God's people. You can be numbered among God's people, and yet not be one of them. It could be that you're here today in church which are not one of God's people you'll belong to him. Verse six says, for they are not all Israel who are of Israel, going to church is a make you a Christian. How do you know your state. Why go to church didn't answer my question. How do you know you're going to have a go to church so I going to a garage. I don't get turned into a car you get turned into a Christian by walking into a church, you can be numbered among God's people would not be one of God's people.
Second lesson spiritual life doesn't come from physical birth.
It comes from spiritual birth. Ishmael was the son of Abraham. Esau was the son of Isaac. Neither were sons of the promise. You can't say where my parents were Christians. My grandparents were Christians. Therefore, I must be a Christian. It comes from being born again is Jesus third take away lesson is this God's plan includes you, but does your plan include God and that's where the appeal comes in to make a choice make a choice to follow him. You can argue over election and predestination all you want. I say just enjoy it. I don't argue about II want to take me, I'm on this team I'm on the winning team after how you wrangle that in your mind the fact that he picked you should cause you great humility and great elation source like this. God wants everybody to be saved. That's what the Bible says God is not willing that any should perish. So God wants everybody to be, say, the devil wants everybody to be lost. You cast the deciding vote. The one in one you can either say yes to Jesus or even a say no, so I'm not ready to say yes. Well, then you're saying no is Jesus that you were there for me or against understand how works.
I don't either but I know it does work. I know his promises are true. DL Moody said it's like this is like you're walking through a hallway and there are several doors so you have the choice to go in any room you want and you walking down the hallway and are looking at the doors and you see a sign on a particular door that says whosoever will let them come and so you think I'm going to go into that door.
I'm curious as to what's on the other side I make the choice. I opened the door I and Karen and I see a table set and my name is that the place setting Skip Heitzig as if the anticipated and then the door closes automatically behind me in on the inside of the door is a sign that says chosen in Christ before the foundations of the world. When a minute I made the choice, but now I discover I've been chose both are true. Jesus said whoever comes to me I will in no wise cast out. If you make a choice to follow Jesus. Today he will not say no you can't come in. I didn't elect you discover he did in your discovery gives you the power to live for him that wraps up Skip a message for you from the series partnership right now you Skip to tell you how your support helps keep these messages coming your way and how it connects more people to the gospel, God long ago planned his son coming to earth to die on a cross for our sin he plan to bring you into his family. That's incredible news and we want to share with more friends all around the world and you can be a part of that work through your gift today. You not only keep these teachings on the air, but you'll help connect so many people to the love of God and the riches of his word. Here's how you can give a gift right now. You should connectwithskip.com/donate to give your gift today that's connectwithskip.com/donate or call 800-922-1888. Again, that's 892 to 1888 coming up tomorrow Skip Heitzig shares of the apostle Paul explains salvation in Jesus for sharing how God wants to use you to reach others in his name. That's where evangelism always caring. I I have for my hearts desire network begins evangelism always starts you're caring for the law is you don't care to share the castle may Skip presentation of connection communications to God's unchanging truth