Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 11
September 23, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<436> Thesis: Being "in the lineage" was a manifest privilege that was squandered for a "bowl of beans". Introduction: As we have worked our way through the litany of "special advantages" possessed by the Israelites, we have seen two stark realities: first, that the "advantages" did not do the vast majority of them any good at all (rather, it increased their damnation -- Matthew 11:22); and, second, that this squandering of advantage is a matter of significant, godly, grief. We have also seen that Paul set up his presentation of these "special advantages" in a deliberate order that placed the "future" first and the "mechanics of that future" afterwards. And we saw last week that those "mechanics" really boil down to two basic realities: there is the fundamental reality of the "principle" of covenant/promise which has primarily to do with the unilateral activity of God; and there is the more fundamental reality of the "principle" of the divine methodology of "revelation" regarding this unilateral action (the existence of a unilaterally acting God of covenant/promise does man little good if he has no sure knowledge of Him). This evening we are going to look into the meaning and significance of the second "whose" phrase: "whose are the fathers". What we want to know is what it means to be "in the lineage" and why Paul brought that up.