Lectionary Year A
August 18, 2002
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
Step II: Disposition
(JFC) The context of these statements will make them appear that the author is
beginning to conclude a three chapter argument, or is he actually concluding it, or is he leaving it up to those who hear, read and/or discuss them to do their own concluding? These verses ask questions and answer them immediately without allowing for an answer to come from elsewhere. It is written in emphatic verbiage. It repeats itself quite evidently intentionally. It addresses its addressees utterly appropriately for their situation, i.e., their behavior, re: disobeying God. It describes them accurately for who they have been and who God sees them to be able to be becoming. They and everyone else are included in these descriptions. These hopes Paul shares here.
B. Personal Interaction
(JFC) Wonder if Paul really thinks he is hereby concluding his argument/diatribe, re:
the Jews' rejecting salvation via Jesus Christ? And, is his reference to their having been made prisoners an effective one? Does it convey the image he wants to make here?
(JFC) The whole lection seems to be an attempt to conclude the remarks made from
chapter 9 through this chapter (11) and the figure of the imprisonment is in verse 32.
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