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The Advantages Israel Enjoyed

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Romans 9:4b-5

The Advantages Israel Enjoyed

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Paul loved his kin and fellow countrymen, the Jews. The Apostle had great respect for their privileges and was quick to admit their advantages.

Romans 9:4b …and to them belong the adoption, …

This name Israel connected the Jews to the man who wrestled with God and received His blessing (Gen. 32:28, Hosea 12:3). The title “Israelite” is dear to all Jews. They have always considered it a designation of honor.

Distinguished from Earth’s other nations, the Israelites were adopted as God’s special family. YHWH commanded Moses to tell Pharaoh, “This is what Yahweh says: Israel is My firstborn son” (Exodus 4:22).

Romans 9:4c …the glory, …

This is the splendor of light that shown among the Israelites to prove God’s special presence among them. It went before them in the wilderness and rested above the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies (Exodus 40:34).

Romans 9:4d …the covenants, …

A covenant is an agreement for mutual profit based on stipulations. It is amazing to think God would enter into any kind of covenant with sinners.

Nevertheless, God made a covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Gen. 17:2; 26:3; 28:13). God promised to bless all the earth through them.

YHWH made another covenant, promising an eternal dynasty of kings would proceed from David (2 Sa

HEBREWS 2:15-16

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HEBREWS 2:15-16

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction: Satan had the power of death in that he originated it. Jesus, in His death, destroyed the Devil and rendered him impotent (v.14). Our text presents a second result of Jesus’ death. He died not only to destroy, but also to deliver…

Heb. 2:15 “And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

Men, by nature, have a slavish fear of death. We dread its mystery; there is a nagging fear of meeting God on the other side. We dread death’s loneliness; we all have to leave one at a time. We dread its devastation. Death rips out the inhabitant of the body and flings it into another world. It leaves, in the place of a living soul, a lifeless corpse.

To avoid thinking of death, men drown their thoughts in pleasure, debauchery, and work. The subject is avoided at all cost, as if ignoring it will make it go away. Sigismund the emperor, approaching death, commanded his servants not to name death in his hearing.

Rochefoucault, a priest of atheism, taught his followers to deal with death by not thinking about it. He said let’s “avert our eyes and fix them on some other object.” This is an “ostrich mentality.” “Stick your head in the sand and maybe death will go away.” But it doesn’t go away! The haunting sensations remain.

Damocles the Parasite envied the