Read Romans 9:22-29
We see in all three of these Old Testament quotes, the idea that God is wanting a family of faith that includes all the peoples- not just the Israelites. His heart was for the Israelites to witness to His saving power. Instead they rebelled, disobeyed, and flagrantly disrespected God.
And yet the scriptures tell us that he has great patience – which, if you read through the Old Testament (we won’t do that today!), we see how He is constantly pursuing His people.
Even as we listen to Keith’s sermons in Revelation, we will see how God demonstrates His glory and the people refuse to bow in worship.
- Why do you think God is patient with us?
- How do Hosea and Isaiah explain God’s patience and love for us?
- How have you seen God’s patience in your life and the lives of those that you love?
- Spend some time writing out ways that you’ve seen God’s patience in your own life.
THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL: THE TEMPLE WORSHIP
**Each day we are going to read through some of the passages and verses Paul may be thinking of. As he lists these descriptors you will see them on the bottom of each day’s devotional.
1 Kings 8:22-30 22Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven 23 and said: “Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 24 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today. 25 “Now Lord, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me faithfully as you have done.’ 26 And now, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true. 27 “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 28 Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 30 Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.