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God is Good and The Glory of God (30 of 47)
I. God wants to provoke Jealousy (v. 11-15)
The ''they'' here refers to the Jewish people. Paul here asks another rhetorical question. The answer is NO, Israel has not stumbled and fallen so far that they can't come back to God. Even though they rejected God's gift of Jesus Christ they didn't fall to far.
In fact God is still showing his love for Israel by trying to make them jealous. God offers salvation to non-Jews through Christ in order to bring Jews to jealousy of what God had done for the Gentiles. That is the reason Paul preached. As he said that, ''I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh.'' God cares so much for the Jewish people he would even try to make them jealous, so that they would turn to Him
Notice v. 15 -
The reasoning that Paul uses is interesting
- Because Israel rejected Christ the world has been offered Christ.
- When they do finally turn to Christ, they will bring even more people to Christ
Can you imagine if Israel had accepted Christ when He came?
- God chose them as a nation to reconcile the world to Him. They failed to do their task. They completely turned their back on the covenant they had made with God to be a royal priesthood and a holy nation.
- In my opinion, because of the action of Israel rejecting God in the past, He hardened their heart to Christ so that the offer of Christ could be made to Gentiles, US!
II. God grafts in non-Jews (v. 16-21)
- Anti-Semitism has occurred because of bad Christians who say the Jews are not God's people and should be discriminated against because they rejected Christ. Well Paul here refutes that idea.
1) First Fruits - this refers to the first portion of the harvest, which was to be given to the Lord.
2) The Batch - Because the First Fruits offering is holy, it represents the entire portion, the entire piece of the dough could be used to be holy, set apart to God.
3) The ...
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