Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 5 Study # 2
February 10, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<472> Thesis: The proud will be humiliated. Introduction: This evening we have come to the end of chapter nine, though it is not the end of Paul's witness regarding his own desire in the face of Israel's failure. The chapter begins with his declaration that he loves his kinsmen according to the flesh without reservation and the next chapter begins with a description of his "heart's desire and prayer to God" for them. We must conclude, therefore, that there is nothing of a doctrinal nature in these chapters that is contradictory to a genuine, selfless love. The problem for most of us is that a significant amount of the doctrinal content of chapter nine seems to be "hateful". In fact, "Esau I hated" is a part of the doctrinal content. And, in addition, the chapter closes with a declaration that God deliberately put a stumbling stone in the path of all who walked in Zion. Does this sound like "love"? This evening we are going to consider the claim that God put a stumbling stone in Zion and that Paul's kinsmen according to the flesh stumbled over it.