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A STONE OF STUMBLING. “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence, and whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed” (Rom.9:33). The Sovereignty Of God. He has the right to cast off the Jewish nation, as He had the right to adopt them.

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A stone of stumbling

A STONE OF STUMBLING

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offence, and whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed” (Rom.9:33)


The sovereignty of god

The Sovereignty Of God

  • He has the right to cast off the Jewish nation, as He had the right to adopt them.

  • But He does not act unreasonably – v. 32

  • They sought Him NOT by faith.

  • So much about Jesus and God’s plan for salvation confuse us.

  • Faith? Baptism? Why did He do it that way?


What is offensive about jesus

What Is Offensive About Jesus?

  • His appearance – He was “ordinary”.

  • Isa. 53:2

  • Came from “nowhere”. Isa. 9:1ff. (Matt. 4:12-16); John 1:46?

  • Messiah should look like “this”. He should be “thus”.

  • God looks on the heart. Jesus like David.


He established the wrong kind of kingdom

He Established the Wrong Kind of Kingdom

  • Luke 17:20 – Within us? No, it must be of this world.

  • John 18:36.

  • We seek vindication and exaltation, not service.

  • “I don’t want to be part of that kingdom.”


He criticized the wrong people

He Criticized The Wrong People

  • The righteous (self).

  • Matt. 23

  • They ignored justice (that which is “right”), mercy and faithfulness.

  • All that God stood for, they were against.


And he forgave the wrong people

And, He Forgave The Wrong People

  • Luke 5:27ff – publicans and sinners.

  • John 8:1ff – an adulterous woman.

  • He touched the dirty, including lepers.

  • Were the children clean when they sat on His knee?

  • “Of such is the kingdom of God.”

  • A stone of stumbling and a rock of offence.


But to the believing

But To The Believing…!

  • What a glorious savior!

  • “Shall not be ashamed”

  • Of Him as an object of faith.

  • Of any of His teachings.

  • Of any of His true disciples.

  • We confess Him willingly and continually.

  • Would YOU?


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