30 Apr Past Remnant: Questions for Reflection
Romans 11:1-10 – I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, as it is written, “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”
As we close our study of Romans 11:1-10 this week, I wanted to provide a few additional questions both for personal and group study to help you study and process this week’s Scripture.
Personal Study Questions:
- Look up 1 Kings 19:9-18 since Paul uses it to illustrate the point he is making.
- What words does Paul use to compare and contrast what unbelievers have chosen for themselves versus what God has chosen for believers?
- What comfort do you find in knowing that God does not reject His people? Take some time in prayer thanking Him for this promise.
Group Discussion Questions:
- The nation of Israel is a bit like a big family where some family members love the Lord and others do not. What is the spiritual makeup of your immediate and extended family like?
- Who in your family has God really encouraged you by saving?
- Who in your family can we be praying for that still needs to meet Jesus?
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