Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-10
“I ask you, then, has God rejected His people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.” (Romans 11:1)
In chapter eleven Paul is dealing with the place of the Jewish people in redemptive history. Edith Schaeffer wrote a book entitled, “Christianity Is Jewish,” in which she traces God’s work from Genesis to Revelation and shows that one cannot comprehend Christianity apart from its Jewish roots.
Paul asks the question — “Has God rejected His people?” Then he answers — “By no means!” Paul himself was a Jew and a believer in Jesus Christ. The vast majority of the early believers were Jewish. God has not rejected all Jewish people. He preserved a faithful remnant who became the early believers in Jesus. When we study the Old Testament, we realize at various periods of time in history that God kept a faithful remnant when most of the people fell into unbelief. Thus Paul writes, “So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace” (v. 9).
The early church was composed of Jews who acknowledged Jesus to be the Messiah. But there were many Jews who rejected Him. Thus there are believing Jews and unbelieving Jews. The believing Jews are the faithful remnant who repented of their sins and received Jesus as the Messiah and Savior.
Today there are many believing Jews. There are ministries that are actively seeking to reach Jewish people with the gospel. As we will see in this chapter, God is not finished with the Jewish people. They have a continued role in His redemptive purposes.
Lord God, thank You for the work You are doing among Jewish people. I know that they are special to You. I pray for Jewish friends and acquaintances that I have known over the years. I pray for them to grasp the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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