Friday, 13th October, 2017
Romans 11:1-10 (NKJV)
I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3“Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? 4But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. 7What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8Just as it is written: “God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day.” 9And David says: “Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense to them. 10Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, and bow down their back always.”
Today’s reading shows Paul’s presentation of himself as an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham and of the tribe Benjamin, an accredited rich Jewish heritage. On the other hand, as a believer, it was meant to comfort and give hope to a people who had once rejected their own (Jesus) and neglected the gospel (Salvation). The Scripture says, “for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your alters, and killed your prophets with a sword.” (1 Kings. 19:10). The Israelites thought they have been condemned by God. Paul then rose to correct their false impression in verse 1, “l say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not”.
God has not condemned us forever. He hasn’t done His grace prevails over us and in all situations, not minding our sins or how we have lived in the past. That we are alive today is by His grace. Let no one feel or live condemned. Let no one think he or she cannot be forgiven by God. Let us not live in the past anymore. Rather, we should allow the grace of God to enable us live everyday of our lives to the glory of God. Look around you and behold God’s abundant grace. Remember, God has a remnant according to the election of grace (Verse 6).
PRAYER: May the grace of God keep our hearts and minds to always do that which pleases the Lord.