ROMANS:ROAD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
Making Jews Jealous
Jerry A Collins
Can we expect a future for
How will God restore
I was once told by a friend of
mine, There is a method to my madness. Unable to
figure out what he was up to, he assured me that he knew exactly what it was he
was doing even though I was confused by his actions. When the outcome was
clear, it was then obvious how all of his actions and decisions made sense. We
often find ourselves struggling to understand what it is God is up to as well.
We have to frequently wait until the outcome is clearer before we can
understand what it is God is up to. In Romans 11 God is filling us in on His
plan for the nation of
1. †††† GOD IS ABLE TO RESTORE THOSE WHO REJECT HIM† 13-24
In this case it is His own people that He will restore.
A. Israel will have a reversal of fortunes† 13-15
13-14 There is hope for the Jews. By evangelizing Gentiles, Jews were becoming jealous of Godís favor on Gentiles. Not that jealousy is an end in itself. But that if they are jealous of Gentiles, they may be willing to listen to gospel, turn back to God, accept His mercy freely independent of the Law.
15 When they return to God the results for mankind are comparable to life from the dead. Godís favor on humanity will pale in comparison with what the world will experience thenóthe Millennium.
B. We share common roots with
16 First piece of dough is believing remnant. The lump is the whole nation. God has consecrated (Holy) both of these to Himself. The root & branches refer to Abeís covt both holy as well. Instead of believing Jews are cast-offs, we must see how our connection to them can enrich our own experience with Jesus. We have a common bond with them. We both in the church.
17 In 17-24 this is pictured by
an olive treeóa common symbol for the nation of
18 Apparently it is possible, as
some were, to feel superior toward these broken branches, Godís program of
redeeming a remnant from Israel, God had broken off. We of this church age were
grafted into this tree in place of this remnant but we must keep in mind that
we have been grafted into something God was already doing thru them. This
program supports us not the other way around. We benefit spiritually from the
promises given to
19-20 While it is true that we have opportunity because of Jewish unbelief, the only reason we do is because we believed God for it. There is nothing we have done to deserve it or earn Godís favor this way.
21 Here is a warning about
arrogance in this matter: If God set aside
22 The church can be cut off from
the goodness of God and suffer His sternness just as easily as
24 Natural branches are easy to regraft. If god can do the difficult thing, namely grafting wild olive branches onto cultivated stock, it is not hard to believe he will do the easier thing of restoring pruned branches of cultivated tree to former position in the future.
2. †††† GOD WILL RESTORE THOSE WHO REJECT HIM 25-36
A. Prophecy of salvation of all
this happens God will bring about a complete restoration of His promise to this
nation. The timetable is the coming of their deliverer, the Second Coming of
Christ to establish a future kingdom for
So for us today in this age Godís rejection of
For us, our former disobedience is turned into the
present objects of Godís mercy because of Jews disobedience.
So all need mercy because all are disobedient. God has declared all guilty (Rom
) so that He can have mercy on all. Justice requires
God to reject
B. God has a wise plan† 33-36 Compare to doxology of Romans 8:31-36
33 Itís Complex:† Godís wisdom is ability to arrange His plan so it results in our good and His glory. He constructs His plan logically extending beyond human comprehension. His procedures so complex we cannot discover them without divine revelation.
34-35 Itís Exclusive: Isaiah said noone can know mind of God fully. So wise he needs no counselors. Job observed God never needed to depend on human help putting him in our debt. Fact that God includes us in executing His will does not mean He cannot get along without us.
36 Itís Eternal: God is source from which all things comeómeans by which all things happenógoal toward which all things are movingóoriginator, sustainer of all things ultimately and He deserves our praise and worship forever! †
(1) Remain faithful & fearful. We are part of Godís people purely by Godís grace. Nothing to do with how good, nice we are.
(2) Realize privilege we have been given.
(3) Rejoice in & thru Godís plan for you.