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By faith we stand!

Scripture reading for February 23rd: Romans 11

Key Scriptures: Romans 11:19-23 “Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in His kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.”

Paul used the example of an olive tree to describe the Church and the true spiritual Israel. The Jews were natural branches that were cut off because they refused to accept Jesus the Messiah. The Gentiles who by faith received Christ were wild olive branches that were grafted into the tree that is the symbol of true believers. They stood in their place because of faith and by faith they would continue. Those natural branches were cut off because of unbelief, but God desired to graft them in again if they would believe. God’s kindness is towards believers and His severity towards those refusing to believe. He desires to show mercy to all and see them saved but they must repent and believe in Jesus.

Romans 11:30-31 “For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.”

Faith confession and prayer: Thank You Lord for your patience and kindness shown towards me and all the unbelievers. I stand in faith and holy fear. Use me today to share the good news of Your kindness and mercy through Jesus Christ.

Romans 11:36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”

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Israel, the olive tree!

Scripture reading for July 28th: Romans 11:13-36

Olive trees were common in Israel.  They were a source of food and of oil for cooking and light.  Olive trees live for hundreds of years and are tough enough to survive in the harsh climate and endure periods of little rainfall.  The olive tree had deep roots that went into the rocky soil to anchor it and nourish the branches.

Paul used an analogy of a tame olive tree representing Israel. (Romans 11:16b-24)   Gentiles were ‘wild olive shoots’ that God grafted into the ‘Israel olive tree”.  Those Jews who hardened themselves from Israel were likened to tame olive branches or shoots that were pruned or broken off  by God because of their lack of faith.  Paul warned the Gentiles who had been grafted in not to become arrogant and think that somehow they had earned their place and the Jews were inferior.  They should live in holy fear of God who could also remove them from this special tree!  (Romans 10:20-21)

Paul also encouraged the Gentiles and Jewish Christians in Rome that God was also able to graft the broken natural branches of the Jews back into this tree.  In fact, this is God’s plan after the full number of Gentiles are saved!  (Romans 11:25-27)  God loves the Jews and they will again have opportunity to be grafted in because of God’s faithful promises to the patriarchs!  (Romans 11:28-29)

God is so amazing!  His ways are above our ways and we our response should be worship!  Paul worshiped God for His amazing plan to save Jew and Gentile through the Gospel!  “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!  Who has known the mind of the Lord?  Or who has been His counselor?  Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be the glory forever! Amen!” (Romans 11:33-36)

Have you taken time lately to praise God for His mercy to you?  Have you thanked Him for His mercy to Israel and through Israel by sending Jesus Christ as our Savior?  Today is a great time to write or speak a personal doxology of praise to our amazing Lord and Savior!  There is none like Him!

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