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Jun 2, 2020

1SAMUEL 26-27:
Yesterday we heard the story of the cur Nabal and his intelligent and beautiful wife, Abigail. After Nabal was struck down by the Lord, Abigail became one of David's wives.

PSALM 105b:
Today’s psalm is for teaching and reminding each generation of the children of Israel about the great things God has done for the Jewish people.

Note that we have entered a difficult section of Romans. Romans 12 starts with, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercies, …” But if you look back at what goes right before that in chapter 11, that doesn’t seem to be what Paul is going back to with the word ‘Therefore’. Can you find what Paul was going back to and how the sections we will read for the next few days fit together?

GNT Translation notes:

Rom. 9: 30 So we say that the Gentiles, who were not trying to put themselves right with God, were put right with him through [believing//faith];

32 And why not? Because they did not depend on [believing//faith] but on what they did. And so they stumbled over the “stumbling stone”

33 that the scripture speaks of: “Look, I place in [Jerusalem//Zion] a stone that will make people stumble, a rock that will make them fall. But whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.”