Ignorance breeds Arrogance
- Paul did not want the Gentile believers to be ignorant of God's plan
to spiritually restore Israel. To remain ignorant would lead them to
have too high of a view of their own opinion. A failure to
carefully study the
entire Bible along with an unwillingness to be grammatically
consistent in our interpretation
has led some believers to oppose God's stated purpose for
Israel. May we not be among them!
All Israel will be Saved
- At a time yet future, Christ will turn away unbelief from Israel.
The believing remnant will increase in size and unbelieving Jews
will perish without entering the millennial kingdom. At that time,
the believing remnant and the nation will be one-and-the same.
Those who are cut off are analogous to the faithless generation of
Jews who were barred from the Promised Land and perished in the
wilderness. The prophesied regeneration of Israel, and judgment
of nonbelieving Jews, should motivate
the Church to place a high priority on Jewish evangelism. This
was Paul's own pattern throughout the Book of Acts.
Both Jews and Gentiles Disobedient
- When history winds to an end, both Jew and Gentile will be shown
to be equally disobedient and in need of God's mercy.
The mercy we Gentiles obtained in our disobedience of the past
will also be extended to the Jews in the future. Let us not
be like the faithful son who became jealous when the prodigal son
The restoration of Israel will bring
incredible blessings for all God's people.