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Romans 11 Part 1–The Conundrum That is Israel

Paul deals with the Issue of Israel.  Not an easy issue.  God sent Jesus to restore the relationship with His people.  It was only after Israel rejected Christ, that the Gospel spread to the Gentile world.  First it was Peter at Joppa, and then throughout the world through Paul, Barnabus, Silas, and a host of others that the Gospel has spread over all the earth.

God’s initial plan was for Israel to be a nation of priests.  It was always God’s desire that Israel would be the ones that spread the good news across the earth. Yet, as many rejected Christ, God made a way to spread the Gospel to and through the rest of humanity.  Still, God loved His nation, Israel.  Paul makes clear that He will continue to pursue them with an unconditional love.

No matter the outcome, we can be assured that God will save those He chooses to save.  Since we are saved by grace, God’s grace can extend to His national people in any form He sees fit.  In short, We as Christians saved by grace have no place or right to judge to whom God shows mercy.  If it is God’s choice to save all Israel, we rejoice as it was through Israel that we were saved.  If He chooses to save only a remnant, that too is God’s call.  We need only be grateful for our salvation, and we should remain committed to tell anyone that can hear the truth of Jesus!

God Bless You


 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
    eyes that could not see
    and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”[c]

And David says:

“May their table become a snare and a trap,
    a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
    and their backs be bent forever.”[d]

Ingrafted Branches

11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!

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This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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