26 Apr Vintage Faith: Past Remnant
Romans 11 may be one of the least preached chapters in the entire Bible and it may be tempting to just skip over it since it seems like it’s not as applicable to us non-Jewish Gentiles. However, as I preach through the great book of Romans verse-by-verse, nothing gets skipped, and we’ll study this chapter over the next few weeks. I pray that, through this study, God reveals Himself to you in new ways through the study of His word.
Romans 11:1-10 – 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. 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? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 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.” And David says, “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.”
Read and meditate on this week’s passage. What stands out to you?
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