Let’s continue our yesterday’s post. You can read the first part here: Israel Friday – Post 3 | Part 1
We were reading Romans 11.
(Honestly, I didn’t even think it would come out this long and that I’d have to divided them in parts.)
Brief reminder of the points we saw yesterday:
- Has God rejected and disowned His people? Certainly not! (Romans 11:1)
- Has God Himself given them a spirit of stupor that they might see but not believe? (Rom 11:7-8, Duet 29:4, Isaiah 29:10)
- Why has God done so? So that salvation is made know to gentiles. (Romans 11:11)
- God has chosen for Him a remnant from the people. (Romans 11:4)
- Do we as gentiles being a wild olive shoot get to boast in our reconciliation to God? No! (Romans 11:18)
Romans 11:23-24 – 23 And even they [the unbelieving Jews], if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and against nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much easier will it be to graft these who are the natural branches back into [the original parent stock of] their own olive tree?
Is it difficult to for God to reconcile His people? Or course not!
Romans 11: 25-27 – 25 I do not want you, believers, to be unaware of this mystery [God’s previously hidden plan]—so that you will not be wise in your own opinion—that a partial hardening has [temporarily] happened to Israel [to last] until the full number of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so [at that time] all Israel [that is, all Jews who have a personal faith in Jesus as Messiah] will be saved; just as it is written [in Scripture], “The Deliverer (Messiah) will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” 27 “This is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
I need to repeat, “a partial hardening has [temporarily] happened to Israel [to last] until the full number of the Gentiles has come in”.
Do you see the big picture here and the need to pray for the salvation of Jews? When the full number of Gentiles has been saved, God will restore His people.
Romans 11:28-29 – 28 From the standpoint of the gospel, the Jews [at present] are enemies [of God] for your sake [which is for your benefit], but from the standpoint of God’s choice [of the Jews as His people], they are still loved by Him for the sake of the fathers.
29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].
Hallelujah! Isn’t that amazing? It’s so easy for us to criticize the Israelites for their sins and wrongdoings not realizing that often we do the same to God. We miss the mark too at times but does He leave us or condemn for all eternity? If you’re thinking “no!” then you’re right. Well neither will God condemn His own people for all eternity. He has His time for their restoration as well.
Romans 11:30-32 – 30 Just as you once were disobedient and failed to listen to God, but have now obtained mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient so that they too may one day receive mercy because of the mercy shown to you. 32 For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all [Jew and Gentile alike].
Paul ends by the following verses.
Romans 11: 33-36 – 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? 35 Or who has first given to Him that it would be paid back to him? 36 For from Him [all things originate] and through Him [all things live and exist] and to Him are all things [directed]. To Him be glory and honor forever! Amen.
Points we covered today:
- A partial (temporary) hardening has happened to Israel. (Romans 11:25)
- Why? So that the full number of Gentiles could be reconciled to God. (Romans 11: 25)
- After the reconciliation of Gentiles all Israel will be saved. (Romans 11:26-27)
- God’s gifts and calling are irrevocable (this includes the call of Israel as a nation). (Romans 11:29)
- Israel will receive God’s mercy. (Romans 11:31)
By the time I finished reading this chapter all I could think was “Oh the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” How beautifully Has He traced the outline for His plan and purpose. All we need to do is partner with God not merely for our needs to be fulfilled but we need to partner with God for His needs! Yes, God has a need too! He needs people who can share His heart, his love, his pain for His people Israel. He needs people to partner with Him on this to pray for the salvation of Jews. He needs us to flow in compassion towards Israelites and carry His love to them so that they might seek and find Him.
So many times we say we need God. Do we ever think about God needing us? If not, I urge you to think on this. God is in need for intercessors for Israel. Will you partner with Him on this?
Thank you for taking the time to read.
P.S. As I typed this I felt the need to just quote scriptures and use as little of my own words as possible.