God chose a person by the name of Abraham to show His grace to. Through Isaac, the promised son of Abraham, came forth Esau and Jacob. Before either child could do evil or good: God chose Jacob to be the chosen nation Israel (Romans 9:13).
Throughout the Old Testament it shows the faithfulness of God even though Israel was unfaithful and likened to a harlot (Jer 3:8). In spite of this, God continued to chase after Israel to show His grace while patiently waiting for His people to recognize God for who He is.
When Jesus came to the earth; He directed His messages to Israel, trying to woo her back. Instead of Israel accepting their prophesied Messiah; they had Jesus crucified. But this didn’t stop God’s plan in saving Israel.
We saw last time how Paul’s heart’s desire and prayer was for Israel’s salvation (Rom 10:1). He continues to build his argument with a climax by asking a question which can only receive a negative reply.
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means!… Romans 11:1
This is a very strong response. May it never be!
God has not rejected His people. Paul uses himself as a proof that he is an Israelite and God saved him by faith (vs. 1). He then sets up a second proof that God has not rejected His people. Even when it looked like the only believer in Elijah’s day was himself; God had a remnant of 7000 Israelites (vss. 2-3).
So even today there is a remnant of believers (vs. 5).
Throughout time, most of Israel (the religious crowd) has been seeking righteous through their own works and the religious requirements of the Law, but God did not and will not accept it. Because of this, God has allowed them to be in a state of stupor. They are now unwilling to accept their Messiah. They have eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear.
This religious crowd wanted to work hard for God’s favor, so God allowed their backs to be overwhelmed with difficulties so they can repay themselves (vs. 10). Paul continues to argue that even though they are being religious and not seeking God; God hasn’t given up on them. In fact, God took the opportunity to instead chase the Gentiles (you and I) to make Israel jealous (vs. 11).
Paul then uses an analogy of a wild olive branch being grafted into the root of the olive tree. Showing how God is the one who saves and places an individual in a right relationship with Himself.
The root is supporting the branches. The branches cannot do anything on their own. Not all of Israel is part of the “root of the olive tree”; not all believe in Christ. (vss.19-20). God’s kindness and holiness of God is seen that He is able to choose or reject anyone he wants. We should just be in awe that He chose us (vss.21-22).
God has the power to allow those Israelites who rejected Him back into fellowship (vs. 23). If God can save the gentiles; he can easily save the Jews (vs. 24). Once all of the Gentiles that are chosen are saved; Israel’s stupor will come to an end and they will be given eyes to see and ears to hear (vs. 25).
When God’s perfect time comes; all of Israel will be saved (vs. 26). They will be loved and accepted because of God’s covenant with Abraham (vss. 27-28).
This is an amazing chapter showing how God saves by grace through faith.
It’s not about what you do or have done. Christ is pursuing you and wanting to know you. Through belief in Christ; you can be grafted into the olive root like all of Israel will be one day.
We should be in awe of the kindness and holiness of God because how God chose us and saved us by grace for His Glory.
…according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity… 2 Timothy 1:8-9