Paul’s Anguish Over Israel
1 I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
I was away on vacation last week. Yes it was relaxing, beautiful and fun with Laura, Derrick & Libby, in Branson, Missouri. In discussing the lesson with Patricia on Tuesday she suggested that she finish Chapter 8 this past Wednesday night and I would present Chapter 9 this week. So that means I will post Chapter 9 again and dig deeper to draw out more truths.
Wow, as I read Paul's deep feelings about his "race" the people of Israel, he shares his grief for them, he would suffer for their sake. I could only think about my own family, the ones I love and care deeply about who are cut off from God by their own choice. My heart aches for them, yet it is their decision to receive the gift of salvation by acknowledging Jesus as their Lord and Savior.