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  • Paul is continuing his talk on the Jews and the inheritance of salvation.

    So has God abandoned Israel? Never! I am also a Jew, descended from the tribe of Benjamin and an heir to Abraham, our father.

    God will never turn away from Israel. Remember when Isaiah prayed for God to destroy us? He told God, “they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars. I alone have survived, and they want to kill me.”.

    God told Isaiah, “I have found seven thousand men of Israel who have not worshiped false idols”. Even now, God has kept a remnant of His chosen according to His grace. His grace and mercy are given as gifts, and cannot be earned. They cannot be obtained by law, only by His mercy.

    Only those chosen by God will see Him. All others will be blinded to the truth. As it says in the scriptures, “God has put their hearts to sleep; their eyes will not see, their ears will not hear.”.

    David also said, “Their table will become a trap for them, and they will fall deeper into their sins. They will be blinded to the truth and will back away in shame.”

    But this does not mean their sins were meant to condemn them without hope, Without Israel, there would no salvation, for through Israel has come salvation for all mankind. But with the salvation of the Gentiles, the Jews are provoked to jealousy; for if their wealth in God was their strength, and that strength is now given freely to those who did not earn it, how should they feel but rejected by God.

    Now to the Gentiles among you: I speak to you as your appointed apostle, for I know my words will provoke my fellow Jews in the hopes they will be saved. Being cast out of God's favor, their redemption will be their resurrection. They are the first, born of holy legacy from the seed of Adam and Abraham. Their legacy is now yours, and God has joined you to that legacy like a branch joined to a mighty tree.

    So think before you speak and do not offend your brother or sister. The Jews are still God's elect, a people set aside for generations to serve him. Pray for his mercy and grace for you and your brethren. If God can join you to the tree, he can also remove you.

    Think of God's justice. To those who have fallen, he is severe, but to those who continue to do His will, He is merciful. Therefore righteousness is no longer a quality of bloodline, but of faith.

    Israel will be saved. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”.

    In the past, you did not believe in God, and yet God chose to give His mercy to you. To those who believed, He will grant mercy.

    This is the unsearchable wisdom of God, that all men might be saved. We cannot know God's thoughts or reasons, for He is God. He is our Creator and our father. To Him be all glory and power. Amen.

    Pretty compelling sermon

    Last couple of chapters, Paul has been sort of “ragging” on the Jews. But now we start to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    He's still quoting scripture, so the Jews will understand where he is coming from, but he begins with the rhetorical question “So has God abandoned Israel?” and immediately goes on to show how prophecy guarantees a remnant of Israel will be saved.

    He also discusses the Gentiles as heirs to the inheritance of the Jews, namely their relationship with God. And he directly addresses the Gentiles as their apostle to warn them against regarding their Jewish brother and sisters as less than themselves, and reminds them they are only grafted into the tree and can as easily be discarded.

    But in the end, he returns to the universal mercy of God on his children.

    I have to tell you, as a writer, a minister, and an author....I'm impressed.

    I hope you are having a blessed day.

    Fred
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