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Worship is the fitting response to God’s mercy!

Scripture reading for June 28th:  Romans 11

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 11:32-36  “”For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all.”  “Oh the depths 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!”

God’s wisdom and knowledge are beyond all human understanding.  All men are of Adam, and through disobedience are under darkness and death.  God’s love bound them over so that He might make His mercy available to all men, Jew or Gentile!  This plan of redemption came through God’s own initiative and the Son’s willing obedience to the Father’s plan.  The promised Holy Spirit would bring God’s wisdom and knowledge to each person who would believe!  From Him and through Him are all things!  He deserves all glory, now and forever!

Observations for over-comers:  God, alone, planned and worked out our salvation and deliverance from the penalty of death from disobedience!  He alone is worthy of praise!  Give Him all glory!  “Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.  Who is He, this King of glory?  The Lord Almighty–He is the King of glory!”  (Psalm 24:9-10)

 

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Grafted in by faith!

Scripture reading for June 29th:  Romans 11

Paul concluded his section of the Roman letter dealing with his own people by using an example of an olive tree. Olives were cultivated in Israel and God had used other agricultural examples to teach throughout their history.  He also used the Gentiles salvation in his example to “arose my own brothers to envy and save some of them.”  (Romans 11:14)

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches.  If you do, consider this:  You do not support the root, but the root supports you.  You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”  Granted.  But they were broken off because of unbelief and you stand by faith.  Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.  For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either. . . .And if they do not persist in their unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.”   (Romans 11:17-21,23)

Paul likened the Gentiles to wild olive branches that because of faith were grafted into the tame olive root of the nation of Israel.  They were now nourished by the sap from that root.  The Jews, because of unbelief in Jesus Christ had been cut off the tree, natural branches now without nourishment!  God wanted both Jew and Gentile to be part of the tree, and if faith was found in the natural branches, God could and would easily graft them in again.  If the Gentiles departed from faith, they too would be cut off–God did not show partiality!  Let’s all hang onto the Root!

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