Today’s reading expressed Paul’s analytical view of the Israelites at the time, asking if they had been rejected by God. Not at all, they are His people that He fore knew including Paul who is of the tribe of Benjamin, an Israelite. God used their wrong doings to show strength to save them in times of failure, even when prophet Elijah expressed to God against them saying all have bowed to Baal and even sought to take his life, God replied him, I have kept seven thousand men that has not bowed to Baal. Likewise now, there are remnants chosen by grace, for grace is not based on works, what Israel failed to obtain because of unbelief, the elect obtained.
Paul further asked ‘did they stumble in order to fall’? Not the case! Through their trespass, salvation came to the Gentiles and made the Israelites jealous, seeing that even Gentiles are now God’s chosen people. He did this to make his fellow Jews jealous in order to save some and then Gentiles, because of their trespass brings riches to the world.
At times when failure occurs in the life of God’s people, note that God always has the ultimate plan to use everything to work together for good and even bring about a covenant encounter with the destiny changer and way maker; Jesus Christ. Our salvation is not based on works rather Grace! No matter how hard, deep you have fallen or failed, Jesus came for your redemption.
All things are working together for me and for the Establishment of his purpose on earth. Amen
Reading – Romans 11:1-16
The Remnant of Israel
11 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. 2 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: 3 “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]? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8 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]
9 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]
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!
13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
- Romans 11:3 1 Kings 19:10,14
- Romans 11:4 1 Kings 19:18
- Romans 11:8 Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10
- Romans 11:10 Psalm 69:22,23