May 11, 2017

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Reading along with us in Romans? Here’s today’s reading:

Romans 11 (ESV)

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” 4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. 6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 8 as it is written,

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
9 And David says,

“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.”… Continue Reading

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  1. The depth, wisdom and knowledge of God -unsearchable and inscrutable
    34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”
    35 “Or who has given a gift to him
    that he might be repaid?”
    36For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

  2. After reading Romans 11 this morning, I am left speechless before God’s throne. I won’t write more until tonight, because I need to pray and meditate on this today before I share further. But all praise and honor and glory to God.

    Update:

    There are different understandings of the interaction between God and our faith, even our obedience and perseverance, so I’ll just share the Scriptures in this chapter that humbled me anew (deeper, too) yesterday:

    1) Romans 11:6 “In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace. Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace.”

    God hardens hearts, at least temporarily, for His purposes:

    2) Romans 11:7-8 “What then? Israel did not find what it was looking for, but the elect did find it. The rest were hardened, as it is written:

    God gave them a spirit of insensitivity,
    eyes that cannot see
    and ears that cannot hear,
    to this day.”

    3) Romans 11:25 – “So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery: A partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.”

    Humility. God’s kindness toward us. God’s sustaining of us:

    4) Romans 11:17-18 “Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive branch, were grafted in among them and have come to share in the rich root of the cultivated olive tree, do not brag that you are better than those branches. But if you do brag — you do not sustain the root, but the root sustains you.”

    5) Romans 11:20-22 – “True enough; they were broken off by unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either. Therefore, consider God’s kindness and severity: severity toward those who have fallen but God’s kindness toward you — if you remain in His kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.”

  3. How amazing it is that we have been grafted into Abraham! How foolish the mistreatment the Jews have faced by those claiming a Christ of their own making when Paul’s words here would discourage any anti-Semitism and calls us to be humble before the olive root/natural branches. In fact our lives should be lived out to draw the Jews to Christ, not distance them from Him.

    After all, God still has plans for the children of Abraham, promises still unfulfilled.

    In seeing such a plan that God has for making salvation available for all, based in faith and grace, it is no wonder that Paul would praise the depth of God’s wisdom and the glory of His plan! It leaves me struck with awe and humility as well!

    It is interesting though that it almost appears that Paul is concluding the letter here. But chapter 12 and on make it clear that God and he are not done!

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