Romans 11:1-12

1.    Review the story of Samuel echoed here (1 Samuel 12:20-23). What point is Paul drawing from this story?

2.    Review the story of  Elijah echoed here (1 Kings 19:1-18). What point is Paul drawing from this story?

3.    Why would God decide to make someone not see?

4.    Look at the context of Psalm 69:22-23 and decide whether or not you think Paul used the quotation according to its context.

5.    Read together Psalm 44 and let David’s cry be heard in the midst of the silence and apparent distance of God.

6.    What joy or excitement comes to you from this text? What questions arise for you out of the reading of this text? What did you learn that was new to you, or a new way of looking at something? What does this text tell you about God and about yourself? About humans in general?

Old Testament Sources
11:1    1 Samuel 12:20-23; Psalm 94:14; Jeremiah 31:37
11:2    1 Kings 19:1-8
11:3    1 Kings 19:10, 14
11:4    1 Kings 19:18
11:8    Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 29:10; 6:9; Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 12:2
11:9-10    Psalm 69:22-23
11:11-12    Psalm 44