Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 1 Study # 12
September 30, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<438> (No CD Study Available) Thesis: God gave Israel the highest privilege that can be accorded to man. Introduction: This evening we come to the end of our studies of Paul's list of the advantages that were extended by God to Israel. Each of these advantages were what I have called "proximity advantages" in that they carried nothing with them that inevitably leads to "participatory advantage". It is one thing to be immersed in a physical setting and it is altogether another thing to actually participate in that setting emotionally and spiritually. As Israel consistently exemplified, one can be physically immersed in the reality of the Divine Presence and completely divorced from that reality in both heart and mind, soul and spirit. The physical reality provided a "proximity advantage", but Paul's enduring grief existed because of the persistent refusal of Israel to move from "proximity" into "participation". This evening we are going to look into the last, and greatest, "proximity advantage" of Israel. It is described by the words of Romans 9:5 that follow the advantage of being connected to the fathers. It begins with "out of whom [came] the Christ." Our question is this: How is this the "last and greatest" of Israel's rejected advantages?