Ammi: “My People”
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 4 Lesson 10 Wednesday
25 As he says in Hosea: “I will call them ‘my representatives’ who were not my representatives; and I will call her ‘the conduit of my love’ who had previously rejected my love” 26 And, “It will happen that even though they were told, ‘You do not represent me,’ they will be changed in character and called ‘children of the living God.'” 27 Isaiah declares concerning Israel: “Though the genetic descendants of Abraham are as numerous as the sand by the sea, only a small remnant will accept the Remedy and be healed. 28 “For the Lord will carry out his diagnosis on the earth with accuracy and certainty.” 29 It is, sadly, as Isaiah has said: “If the Lord Almighty hadn’t worked so hard, so patiently and so diligently to preserve us, we would have no descendants. We would have ended up like Sodom; we would have ended up like Gomorrah.”
Romans 9, verses 25-29 introduce the idea of remnant. Paul continues to tell the story of Israel which began with Abraham, continued through Exodus and now reaches the period of the prophets (quoting Hosea). Paul shows that after the exile God will accept them (‘my people’; ‘my loved one’; ‘sons of the living God’), which is the [future] remnant. Paul shows (as in chapter 3) that God will go forward even if Israel proves unfaithful. God’s faithfulness is shown by the fact that he sent the Messiah and there is a remnant which accepts him, but for the Messiah to fulfill his role, he must be ‘cast away’.
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