You learn a lot from interacting with other people. That's the whole reason teachers use personal anecdotes: because if you can find a way that a lesson has impacted someone in a tangible way, then it becomes easier to translate yourself for them and take the lesson as your own.
That's what Paul does here at the opening of this ninth chapter of Romans, the third part in our series exploring the Sovereignty of God. Moving through history, Paul pulls out three examples of God's sovereignty in the lives of the forerunners of our faith - Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau, and Pharaoh and Moses - and how they demonstrate what the Sovereignty of God looks like when push comes to shove.
Preached at Trinity, Grenfell on 10 August, 2014 and based on Romans 9:1-18
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