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Romans 11:1-11
Tuesday, March 06 2012

The Chosen People...

Since Christ has come, what has happened to the Jews?

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? Of course not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew...

What then? What Israel was seeking it did not attain, but the elect attained it...

Hence I ask, did they stumble so as to fall? Of course not! But through their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make them jealous. -Romans 11:1-11, NAB

Did God abandon His chosen people? Has He turned His back on the Jews? Paul tells us that God has not rejected them by any means. God knew that they would have a hard time accepting His Son as the Messiah, but He found a way to use their hardness of hearts for His purpose.

If the Jews had fully accepted Christ in His day, it would be very possible that Christ's message would not have been given to the world. Before that time, God had a Covenant with the Jews alone, and it was not extended to the Gentiles; however, because of their rejection of Jesus, the message was taken to the Gentiles - in other words, to everybody else.

God wanted to extend His Covenant to the whole world, and He used this opportunity to make it happen. Somehow, in His infinite wisdom, God always finds a way to turn our mistakes and shortcomings into blessings. No matter how large or small our mistake may be, God can find a way to bring good from it.

God still loves the Jews just as much as He ever did. In fact, He loves all of us that much. Of course, they have a special place in His heart, and He wants nothing more than for us to come home to His loving arms, Jew and Christian alike.

 

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