God Has Not Rejected His People

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Romans 11 is devoted to presenting proof that God is not through with Israel. Five witnesses are used to prove there is a future in God’s plan for the Jews.


1. The Apostle Paul (v. 1). If God has completely turned His back on Israel, then how can the conversion of the Apostle Paul, who was a Jew, be explained.1. 

2. The Prophet Elijah (vv. 2-10). Elijah thought that the nation had totally departed from God, (I Kings 19) but he discovered that a godly remnant of 7000 remained in Israel.1. 

3. The Gentiles (vv. 11-15). When the Jews refused to accept the Gospel, God sent it to the Gentiles who believed it and were saved.

4. The Patriarchs (vv. 16-24).  No matter how far Israel may stray from the truth of God, the roots are still good. God is still the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and He will keep his promises to these patriarchs, and the olive tree will flourish again.

5. God Himself (vv. 25-36). Men may dispute about prophecy and not agree, but we can be sure that God is going to keep His promises with His chosen people, Israel.


Throughout this chapter Paul shows how the Jews and the Gentiles benefit each other. Whenever God shows mercy to one group, the other shares the blessing.  In God’s original plan, the Jews would be the source of God’s blessing to the Gentiles. When the Jews rejected this plan, God blessed the Gentiles through the Jewish Messiah. In the final analysis, all of us are dependent on God (v. 36). He is the source of all things, including ourselves. 



Is it easy to be proud and think that I am better than the Jews because God is dealing with Gentiles in a special way today? I’m thankful that the Gospel has been given to me, but I must never look down on the Jews, God loves them even though they have temporarily hardened their hearts.

Romans 11:1-12 (English Standard Version)

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