Romans 9:6-13 (intro)

Last semester I had the opportunity to write a paper on Romans 9:6-13 and the nature of God’s election. It was a project that I benefited from personally, and it is a subject that I would like to work through here on the blog. I have not decided exactly how I am going to present the material (I don’t think that posting a 20 pg. paper on the blog will go over that well), but I think that it is something that I would like to walk through slowly. Let me start with this; here is the passage:

But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

What are your impressions? What is Paul dealing with? What are the questions that you have?