28 December 2014 Sunday Morning Service

Bible
OT Genesis 25 : 1 – 34
NT Romans 9 : 1 – 21

Genesis
25:1 Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah.
25:2 She bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuah.
25:3 Jokshan was the father of Sheba and Dedan; the descendants of Dedan were the Asshurites, the Letushites and the Leummites.
25:4 The sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abida and Eldaah. All these were descendants of Keturah.
25:5 Abraham left everything he owned to Isaac.
25:6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east.
25:7 Altogether, Abraham lived a hundred and seventy-five years.
25:8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died at a good old age, an old man and full of years; and he was gathered to his people.
25:9 His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre, in the field of Ephron son of Zohar the Hittite,
25:10 the field Abraham had bought from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried with his wife Sarah.
25:11 After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.
25:12 This is the account of Abraham’s son Ishmael, whom Sarah’s maidservant, Hagar the Egyptian, bore to Abraham.
25:13 These are the names of the sons of Ishmael, listed in the order of their birth: Nebaioth the firstborn of Ishmael, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,
25:14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,
25:15 Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish and Kedemah.
25:16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these are the names of the twelve tribal rulers according to their settlements and camps.
25:17 Altogether, Ishmael lived a hundred and thirty-seven years. He breathed his last and died, and he was gathered to his people.
25:18 His descendants settled in the area from Havilah to Shur, near the border of Egypt, as you go toward Asshur. And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers.
25:19 This is the account of Abraham’s son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac,
25:20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean.
25:21 Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.
25:22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.
25:23 The LORD said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.”
25:24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.
25:25 The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.
25:26 After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them.
25:27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was a quiet man, staying among the tents.
25:28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
25:29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.
25:30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
25:31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
25:32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
25:33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
25:34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.

Romans
9:1 I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit–
9:2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.
9:3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, those of my own race,
9:4 the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises.
9:5 Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen.
9:6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.
9:7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”
9:8 In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
9:9 For this was how the promise was stated: “At the appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”
9:10 Not only that, but Rebekah’s children had one and the same father, our father Isaac.
9:11 Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad–in order that God’s purpose in election might stand:
9:12 not by works but by him who calls–she was told, “The older will serve the younger.”
9:13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
9:14 What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
9:15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
9:16 It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
9:17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
9:18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
9:19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?”
9:20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'”
9:21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?