Questions for Study 9
Memory Verse: 11:33
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I. God's Sovereign Choice (9:1-33)
i. True Israel (1-13)
1. Why does Paul have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in his heart? (1-3) Think about his shepherd heart toward his own people.
2. What are the privileges that the Israelites received from God? (4-5) How did they bear these privileges? (10:3-4)
3. Who are the true children of God? (6-9) What condition is required to be God's children? Why isn't human condition the criteria to be God's children? (10-13)
ii. The Potter and the Lump of Clay (14-33)
4. What is the general human thinking of people concerning God's way of working? Why can't there be no injustice in God? (15-18)
5. Why is it unreasonable for men to argue with God about his will? (19-21)
6. How does God exercise his sovereignty in choosing to show his mercy or his wrath? (22-29)
7. How does God show, the way of salvation, exercising his sovereignty? (33) Why did the Israelites stumble? (30-32)
II. God's Way of Working Shown in the Scriptures (10:1-21)
8. How is the righteousness that is by faith different from the righteousness that is by the law? (1-8)
9. What do we have to do specifically to be saved? (9-11) What can we learn about his person when we see God who saves everyone who calls on the name of the Lord? (12-13)
10. What process does one go through until he can call on the name of the Lord? (14-17) Think about the absolute necessity of preaching the gospel through this.
11. What was the mind of God toward the people who did not accept the Word preached to them? (18-21) And what was his response toward them?
III. God's Redemption Plan Through Israel (11:1-36)
12. What is the evidence that God did not reject Israel? (1-6) Who is Israel in light of history? Why did Israel divide into two nations? What does this mean to us today?
13. What did the Gentiles obtain through the stumbling of Israel? (7-12) How does this result help the salvation of Israel? (13-15)
14. What does the olive tree represent? What should be the attitude of the Gentiles in light of the parable of grafting of the olive tree? (16-24) How does this illustration shed light on Jesus' statement, "I am the Branches and you are the vines"? (Jn 15:1-15) What can we learn about God through this?
15. How did the Gentiles receive the mercy of God? (31) What is God's mind and will over all mankind after all? (32)
16. How is Paul's unceasing anguish changed in verses 33-36? What can you see about God who Paul praises? Through the study, think about God's way of working in saving all of mankind. How does God use his sovereignty and power in directing his purpose?