June 29/Romans 11

Verses 1-6 > Just because the majority of Israel turned their backs on God doesn’t mean that God turned his back on them. Paul is evidence that God is still working. God told Elijah he had many more who hadn’t turned their back. God is always working drawing people to himself. It seems like most of the U.S.A. has turned their backs on God. But he is still working; I’m here and you’re here. Let’s keep praying for the unsaved because God hasn’t retired he is still working!

John 5:17 (NCV) — 17 But Jesus said to them, “My Father never stops working, and so I keep working, too.”

Verses 7-10 > “Is it mean-spirited of God to blind people? No, God only blinds those who want to be blind. You see, God’s goodness is so completely irresistible that, were He not to blind their eyes, people who didn’t want to know Him or walk with Him would have no other choice. Thus, God would violate man’s free will. So, in His love and wisdom, God says to humanity, “If you don’t want to see Me, you won’t.” That is why you can witness until you’re blue in the face to someone who’s not called—only to realize he just doesn’t get it.
“Well, then,” you say, “we should only witness to the elect.” Right! But who are they? I’m not sure—so I just talk to everyone I possibly can. I am slowly learning, however, that I need to invest my energy and time where the harvest is ripe rather than spin my wheels hour after day after month after year with people who are blinded.”

Courson, J. (2003). Jon Courson’s Application Commentary (p. 962). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson.
Verse 11 > God’s thinking was, “If my people won’t receive me I will offer my salvation to the Gentiles. When they see the Gentiles getting saved and having me for their heavenly father without having to obey the law perhaps they will turn to me.”
When I go over to may granddaughters house and I want to get Vesper’s attention I pick up Rylie and hold her. As soon as Vesper sees me do that she comes running over wanting to be held because she is jealous of Rylie. I believe that is what God had in mind. He wanted the Jews to see him holding us Gentiles so they would come running to him!
Verses 12-15 > If God poured out his grace on the Gentiles because the Jews rejected him just think how much better it will if the Jews accept Him! That is hard to imagine.
Verse 16 > the nation of Israel was blessed because of the faith of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. We are blessed as a nation because of our founding fathers who came here to have freedom of worship. This is an example of first fruits > our first leaders. I think though that we are running out of the blessing because of most of our leaders and people seem to be against Jesus. The first fruit also refers to the first of the crops being brought to the Lord and then he blessed the rest. Today when we tithe there is a blessing on the rest of our money. When the tithe is not giving it is stealing from God and there is no blessing on the rest.

Verses 17-24 > Unbelief is what cuts a person off from God. Unbelief is sin. Is there unbelief in your life? Get back into the word of God and get the word of God into you so you can get your belief back! Never give up on Jesus.

Romans 10:17 (NLT) — 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Verse 25 > God knows how many Gentiles are going to be saved. Many scholars and bible commentators believe when the last Gentile is saved the rapture will come.

Verse 26 > All in Israel who believe in Jesus will be saved.

Verses 27-36 > Like J.B. Phillips said, “If God were small enough to figure out he wouldn’t be big enough to worship!”

Some things in this chapter are difficult to figure out but I do know this, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!” It is the same for us and the same for Israel.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    God wants a yield and therefor prunes out the unproductive and grafts in the productive. Any branch, wild or cultivated, that is productive will be attached to the root. He is looking for the fruit not just foliage. Back in the 80’s there were several prominent ministries that were temporarily pruned out until their leaders were ready to produce fruit and not just extravagant follage. Our goal is to produce fruit so we remain grafted to the root and bring others to the root to be grafted in.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      Good insight. I don’t want to be foliage or window dressing. I want to be the real thing. I want to bear fruit and I want to bring people to Jesus.