Rom. 9:3-5 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
This is one of those hard to comprehend passages. Paul says he would suffer eternity in hell if it could be given in exchange for the salvation of the Jews (of course that is impossible). Why was Paul so passionate? It had something to do with his people’s shocking rejection of the blessings of being God’s people. Yesterday we spoke about their rejection of their adoption as sons and daughters, the blessing of the glory of God’s presence, and the benefit of being God’s covenant people. Paul goes on to describe how they also snuffed at the place of the law in their daily lives. As Christians who are saved by grace we cannot afford to disrespect God’s law. We are not justified by our observance of the law but the law is actually written on our hearts. Rather than saying that grace gives us a free pass to live as we please, we recognize that Christ in us enables us to live a holy life that brings glory to God. Paul also said that the Jewish people lost their sense of majesty in their worship. It seems that it had deteriorated into formalism rather than the passionate worship that lives in His presence. Too often Christians can also lose that sense of majesty. Worship is treated as just preparation or even just part of the warm up waiting for the teaching. Actually, worship is the main event, the act of enjoying God. Finally, the people of God had lost their trust in the promises of God. We too have be given thousands of promises from the Lord that cover every aspect of our lives. God’s promises are like anchors that hold us fast in the midst of the storms we often face.
These six blessings that we have covered these last two days are critical for us to embrace in our walk with the Lord. The Jews snuffed at these blessings and have suffered the consequences. We should run under the protection of His covenant blessing, our very existence depends on it.