Sunday, December 15, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Romans 9:1-8(NASB)
1 I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED." 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.
We might not have that kind of heart for Israel, but we'll often wish that people in our own family or other people we know would come to the Lord, and would do most anything to see that happen. The problem is that it's God's job to lead people to Him; we're just the messenger boys. Do your best and let God do the rest; it's pithy, but it's the best I've got this morning.

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