|Reverend LC Muzembi|
What shall we say about these things?Verse 26 and 27 says, "And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved."
Why will all Jews not be saved?Because of unbelief; because they do not listen, also, "not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they are the seed....That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed" Romans 9:6-8
What have the Gentiles attained, which followed not after righteousness? They obtained favour, mercy and compassion - God’s blessing. The Jews are the first born like Esau and "As it is written, "Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated" Romans 9:13. "God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all" Romans 11:32.
Pharaoh, is another example of this fact, "the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth" Romans 9:17. Paul says I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart for the Jews, "to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises" but their hearts are hardened.
The Jews, tried so hard to get right with God by keeping his laws, but never succeeded. Why not? Because they were trying to be saved by keeping the law and being good instead of by depending on faith.
"What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged" Romans 3:1-4.
Being a Jew has many advantages. Just because they broke their promises to God, and stumbled does not mean God will break his promises with them, "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance" Romans 11:29. If they repent, "God is able to graff them in again" Romans 11:23.
"Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off" Romans 11:20-22. Notice my friend how God is both kind and severe. He is very hard on those who disobey, but very good to you if you continue to love and trust him. But if you don't, you too will be taken out.
"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes" Romans 11:25-28
It is true that some of the Jews have set themselves against the Gospel now, but only until those of us who will have come to Christ, and then all Israel will be saved.
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen" Romans 11:33-36.
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