Archive for October 15th, 2013

Romans 9 & 10

I haven’t really done anything this break. I have been reading a lot, practicing horn, sleeping late and talking with family and friends, but not much else. That includes not doing a Daily Devotion post last night, so I am going to fix that now. Because of break, there was no Chi Alpha large group meeting, so instead I am just continuing along my way through Romans.

According to the notes in my study Bible, the next couple of chapters discuss a good deal specifically about the Israelites and Gentiles, and the relationships between those groups and the new Christian faith of the first century. Some of Paul’s points are still very relevant today though. First, he strives to make it clear that our salvation is achieved only by the grace and mercy of God. Paul reminds of us of a section of Exodus, from chapter 33, verse 19, where God tells Moses that “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Ultimately, it is God’s choice and will for us to be saved, not our own.

Toward the end of the chapter, Paul then addresses the question of why some Gentiles were saved and some Jews were not. The answer is once again faith. Many of the Israelites, even after Jesus came, continued to try to appease God through works by following the law, missing the whole point regarding faith. Paul describes it as having “stumbled over the stumbling stone.” (Romans 9: 32) Some Gentiles, in the meantime, had come to believe and follow Christ with faith, even though they had never lived according to the law. Going along with this theme of salvation, Paul tells us that anyone may be saved, no matter their background. “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10: 9) That is the final criteria for gaining the grace of God and salvation.

Before the end of the section, Paul turns this around to remind us of the importance of spreading the Good News. In verse 14 he makes the good point that “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” This should be one of our goals as followers of Christ today. Like I said in my last band Bible study post, we shouldn’t shine the light in non-believers’ faces, but we should not be afraid to share our faith. It may save someone’s life.

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Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird (Performed by Valery Gergiev and the Vienna Philharmonic)

I’ve already gotten to play (much simplified) arrangements of the Infernal Danse (32:00-36:45), the Berceuse (36:45-39:50) and the Finale (42:30-end), but if I ever get the chance to play all of this I would be so happy.

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