Solicitude for Israel
I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit,
that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart.
For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated
from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,
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,
whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
But it is
not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended
nor are they all children because they are Abrahams descendants, but: THROUGH
ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED
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.
For this is the word of promise: AT THIS TIME
I WILL COME
SARAH SHALL HAVE A SON
And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins
by one man, our father Isaac;
for though the twins
were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that Gods purpose according to His
choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
it was said to her, THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER
Just as it is written, JACOB
I LOVED, BUT
What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be!
For He says to Moses, I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM
I HAVE MERCY
I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM
I HAVE COMPASSION
So then it does
on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE
I RAISED YOU UP
, TO DEMONSTRATE
MY POWER IN YOU
, AND THAT
MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH
So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.
You will say to me then, Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?
On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, Why did you make me like this, will it?
Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?
What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?
And He did so
to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory,
us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.
As He says also in Hosea,
I WILL CALL THOSE WHO WERE NOT
, MY PEOPLE
AND HER WHO WAS NOT BELOVED
AND IT SHALL BE THAT IN THE PLACE WHERE IT WAS SAID TO THEM
, YOU ARE NOT
THERE THEY SHALL BE CALLED SONS OF THE LIVING
Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, THOUGH THE NUMBER OF THE SONS OF
ISRAEL BE LIKE THE SAND OF THE SEA
, IT IS THE REMNANT THAT WILL BE SAVED
28 FOR THE
LORD WILL EXECUTE
HIS WORD ON THE EARTH
, THOROUGHLY AND QUICKLY
And just as Isaiah foretold,
SABAOTH HAD LEFT TO US A POSTERITY
WE WOULD HAVE BECOME LIKE
, AND WOULD HAVE RESEMBLED
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith;
but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that
Why? Because they did
not pursue it
by faith, but as though it were
by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
just as it is written,
, I LAY IN
ZION A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN
HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED