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Israel, the people and the land, in the Christian Era - Guest entry
Israel, the people and the land, in the Christian Era
by Lewis H. Clementson, J.D.
are several widely held opinions in the Christian community concerning the
nation of Israel; primarily that Israel deserves a special and favored status by
all Christians, and also that their homeland has a special spiritual
significance. These issues alone, and not all the others that may arise
concerning Israel, shall be the focus of this article.
history of Christianity can unfortunately be summarized as a continual effort
to remove as many of the blessings from Christ’s perfect and complete
redemptive work as possible, and thereby remove these promises from the
scriptures. However, it is almost as destructive to add anything to the
scriptures that is not there.
Thus, this discussion shall focus on the
importance, or lack thereof, of Israel as set forth in the scriptures. For to
me, it is only the scripture that matters, no matter how many Christians may
believe otherwise. And then determine if this is not just another example of
something that has been added to the scriptures.
The blessing of Abraham
have been a devout believer for over 46 years and one of the things that has
been pounded into my Christian head regarding the Jews is that God will bless those
who bless them and curse those that curse them, or words to that effect. We
will start there.
blessing is contained in Gen. 12:1-4 and reads as follows:
the Lord had said to Abram:
‘Get out of your country, From your
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall
Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to
the first time that God spoke to Abram and is the primary verse from which the
blessing is derived. The other 20+ scriptures that refer back to this passage simply
recite it. (see Appendix A) Some of
them add a reference to the land that was given to Abram and his descendants. However,
if God gives the land to Abram, then it is only logical that his descendants would
inherit the land. For instance:
Genesis 26:4: "I will multiply your
descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these
lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed”
Otherwise, none of these
20+ scriptures expand upon the original blessing.
It is widely believed that
the verse which reads “I will bless those
who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you” applies to all Jews, even
those alive today. And thus, we surmise that we must be very careful about how
we speak about the Jews.
However, a close look at the passage discloses that
the blessing is directed at Abram and only at Abram. It was spoken to Abram and
God says “you” to Abram twice in this verse. An objective interpretation cannot
extend it beyond the man Abram. In this entire passage, God
was speaking to Abram. Thus, the blessing was bestowed on Abram. It was not
bestowed on anyone or anything else.
The only verse in this
passage that could possibly be stretched to include the nation Israel is “And
in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed”.
doubt, all families of the earth have been blessed by Jesus, who was “in” Abram
at the time as his seed. (Matt. 1:1, Rom.
1:3) The verse is stating a fact, that in Abram all the families of the
earth would be blessed. They certainly were. It does not bestow an additional
blessing. If one wants to find an additional blessing, then he must look
Therefore, God would bless
those who bless Abraham and curse those who curse Abraham. The one man. This
fact was born out in his life story. If anyone was blessed in his life, it was
Abraham. But the same cannot be said of the nation of Israel. For instance,
after the original nation split into the two nations, Israel and Judah, after
Solomon’s death, the nation of Israel did not have a single righteous king, not
one. They went from one fierce judgment to the next.
The fact that the Abrahamic
blessing was on the man and not the nation was of such paramount significance
that Paul addressed it directly in Gal. 3:13-16,18, 26-29. Look closely at
redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is
written, “Cursediseveryone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles
in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through
faith… 16 Now
to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to
seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who
18 For if the inheritance is of
the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to
Abraham by promise… 26 For
you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as
were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female;
for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are
Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the
above passage, Paul goes to considerable lengths to declare unequivocally that
the blessing on Abraham was NOT to his seeds, plural, but only to his “seed”,
singular, Christ. Let that single point sink in. It is the point of the passage.
Here is that Bible verse again:
Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,”
as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who
is Christ.” Gal. 3:16
that, and he wrote that to make the singular point in as clear and concise a
manner as possible that the blessing on Abraham was NOT on Israel, but on
Abraham and on Christ. That is the whole point of the verse. There is
absolutely no other way to read it or interpret it.
This is confirmation of our
earlier reading of Gen. 12:1-4 where we saw that the blessing was on the man
Abraham, and not on the nation to come. God’s blessing was on Abram and his
seed (singular) Christ, not on his seeds (plural), the nation Israel. If this
conflicts with your long-held beliefs, then take it up with Paul.
on to further emphasize the point by stating “There is neither Jew nor Greek”, which
is to say that neither Jews nor Greeks enjoy any special status in the Kingdom
of God. Can you accept that?
Paul wrote, “For the promise, that he should be the
heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his descendants, through the law,
but through the righteousness of faith.” Rom. 4:13
And consider also Eph. 2:14 “For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath
broken down the middle wall of partition between us, (Jew and Gentile)”
could Paul write to make it any clearer? The blessing on Abraham was NOT on the
nation of Israel, but on the one man Abraham and on his seed Christ. The Jew
has no greater Abrahamic blessing than the Gentile believer.
I am well aware
that I am contesting that which the majority of Christendom believes, having
had it pounded into us from our rebirth, but we must give way to scripture and
be ready to replace myth with Bible whenever needed. And it is certainly needed
in this case. You can bless Jews as much as you want and receive no greater
blessing than if you bless me.
God’s Chosen People?
I have succeeded in dispelling the myth that, apart from Christ, the Jews and
the nation of Israel are heirs of the blessing to Abraham. They are not. So now
we will direct our attention to other possible sources of special status for
Jews outside of the blessing to Abraham.
The most common belief is that the
Jews are “God’s chosen people”, even now in the Christian Era. I do not contest
that the Jews were God’s chosen people before Christ. I see no point in arguing
about that. They have Genesis to Malachi to support that claim. But what about
special status before the coming of Christ was a result of the promises from
God to them. They were unique in all the earth in this regard. But this
changed. Their covenant with God was replaced with a new covenant. When it was
replaced, the old covenant became obsolete.
The fact that the Old Covenant was
replaced by a new and living covenant is something that most Christians already
know and accept. Therefore, I will not burden the reader with a lengthy display
of scriptures establishing this fact, but rather assign them to an Appendix so
that it can be optional reading. (see
So if the
Jews’ special status as “God’s chosen people” rested upon their possession of mankind’s
only covenant with God, and that covenant is now obsolete and has in fact been
replaced with a New Covenant, then there is no more validity to the Jews’ claim
that they are God’s chosen people.
promised some land and they have that. This promise does not extend to
Christians in any way and should not concern Christians in any way. Its only
purpose seems to be as a means for Christian leaders to raise money to pay for
themselves to take a trip and lead a group.
No mention of special status for Jews or Israel
in the New Testament
There are 85
instances in the New Testament when the nation “Israel” is mentioned. All but
one is a reference to the nation of Israel in a way that no other word would
suffice. Each refers to the nation or the land. None of them refers to any
special status upon the Jews or their nation.
The one verse that is the
exception is a verse that describes all Christian believers as the “Israel of
God”, which is the exact opposite of what Jews wish to promote. (Gal. 6:16) If something as truly
significant as the Jews being special in the Christian Era is a fact, then
shouldn’t the New Testament say that? Most New Testament writers were Jews.
James was the head of the Church in Jerusalem, which consisted entirely of
Jewish believers, and he said nothing about it in his letter. Jude was the
Lord’s brother and he said nothing about it in his letter.
Neither did Peter in
his two letters. If the Jews were special in the New Testament world, then
these apostles would have said so, but did not, and our faith is “built on the foundation of the apostlesand prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief
cornerstone.” (Eph. 2:20).
exception to this is Paul’s discourse on this subject in Romans Chapters 9-11.
(see Appendix C.) For three entire chapters in his letter to the Romans, the
Apostle Paul discusses the status of the Jewish people.
In this discourse, Paul
talks almost entirely about their salvation, or rather their lack of salvation.
He starts out by expressing the enormous sorrow and grief that he feels for the
Israelites and would trade his salvation for theirs if it were possible. That
is hardly an expression of their revered status.
“I have great sorrow and continual grief in my
heart. 3 For I could
wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren,
my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are
Israelites” Rom. 9:1-4
“That is, those who are the children of the
flesh, these are not the children of God; but the
children of the promise are counted as the seed.” Rom. 9:8
He is in such great sorrow and continual grief in
his heart because they are obviously going to hell. He goes on from there to
explain the judgment on them for their rebellion and disobedience and the
certainty of their destruction.
It is a scathing rebuke of a people whom Paul
dearly loved. Only at the end does Paul give them a glimmer of hope. He says
that at the end of this age, a remnant, which is a very small percentage, will
be saved as a testimony to God’s goodness. But in general, the three chapters
are mostly about salvation and how the Jews had missed it completely.
no objective reading of this discourse that could lead the reader to believe
that Paul believed that the Jews enjoyed any special status because they were
Jews, other than the fact that God in His mercy would save a few of them at the
end of this age despite their stiff-necked and stubborn nature toward God.
anything, this discourse serves as another example of Jewish New Testament
writers failing to mention any special status for Jews or the nation of Israel,
even when discussed at great length.
references to Jews’ condemnation in the New Testament
As mentioned above, Paul once referred to the body
of Christian believers as the “Israel of God”. Here it is:
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision
avails anything, but a new creation.And as many as walk according to
this rule, peace and mercy be upon
them, and upon the Israel of God.” Gal.
I have never read a commentary on this phrase “Israel of God” that
did not interpret it to mean the body of all believers and not the Jews and
that is certainly how I have always read it. It is a continuation of Paul’s
theme in Chapter 3 where he wrote “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed,
and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal.
The context of
this passage is Paul’s great letter to the Galatians in which he argues at
length that we are not saved by the Jewish law, but by faith. In the previous
verse, he wrote “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor
uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”
Paul states that being Jewish does
not matter; neither one matters. That being Jewish avails nothing!!!
The second and third references to the status of Jews in the New
Testament are found in The Revelation of Jesus:
In His letter to the church in Smyrna,
our Lord said, “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich);
and I know the
blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2:9
And in His letter to the church in
Philadelphia, our Lord said, “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are
not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to
know that I have loved you.” Rev. 3:9
Jewish believers take the position that
Jesus was not referring to real Jews, but imposters, because He said “are not”.
However, this interpretation is not consistent with them being a “synagogue of
Satan”, a reference to the Jewish place of worship, nor His reference to
The only consistent interpretation of these two fierce attacks on
the Jews is one that is consistent with the behavior of the Jews at that time,
which is not one that accurately reflects the true Jewish faith, but one of
fierce persecution of Christ’s Body, outrageous blasphemy and their creation of
a true synagogue of Satan. Our Lord Himself describes the Jews as liars,
blasphemers and a synagogue of Satan.
I read Flavius Josephus’ First Jewish-Roman
War, 66-70 AD, in which he describes the Jews’ savagery during that period and
can attest to the accuracy of this description.
This savagery is all the more
repulsive because it was in comparison to Roman savagery, which was
unparalleled at that time and place. It was for this reason that the Jewish
General Joseph switched sides and adopted the Roman name Josephus.
The Holy Land
Many Christians get goose bumps when
they go there. It is their dream. Oh, and to be baptized in the Jordan River is
akin to the rapture. OK, go ahead.
There is no harm in any of that. I am as
impressed with the creation of Israel as a nation in 1948 and its miraculous
endurance since then as much as anyone. It has God written all over it.
is all to fulfill prophecies to the Jews, principally in Ezekiel and Jeremiah,
not Christians. It is their homeland, not mine.
I have a close friend who pastors a
Messianic congregation in Israel. He is very annoyed with American Christians
giving money to Israel because the Israeli government is fiercely opposed to
the Messianic community and uses that same money to persecute them in an
It seems that if ever a Christian
leader wants to get a big round of applause, he just mentions his strong
support for Israel and cites “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem”. Actually, this
verse is not a command at all. David is telling them how to pray for Jerusalem.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
‘May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your
palaces’.” Ps. 122:6-7
was a precious place to David. Anyone who reads his story will understand why
he wanted people to pray for its peace and prosperity. However, I do not read
this passage as a biblical command to pray for Jerusalem.
baptized in the James River in Richmond, Virginia and it was special enough for
the Jews whom I have met are smarter than me, but no more godly. They are the
descendants of Jews who have rejected the gospel for 2000 years. The “Holy
Land” is not holy to me. The glory zone where I pray is my holy land.
If it is possible for us to start over in our thinking about
Israel and the Jews by restricting our thinking to the Bible alone and also try
to suppress all the outside opinions forced on us, then we would see the error
of our ways.
Based on the words of our Lord and head of the church, they are a
“synagogue of satan”, blasphemers and liars.
And based upon the words of the Apostle
Paul, they are a disobedient and contrary people awaiting destruction and condemnation.
Oh, how wrong we have been because we accepted propaganda rather than
scripture. I challenge anyone to prove me wrong from the scriptures.
spare me the “scripture clearly teaches”, “everyone knows” and the “it is well
established” retorts so prevalent in unsupported positions of all kinds. Those
are the watchwords and trademarks of the false teacher. I much prefer that you
show me. So, don´t get distracted by the spirit of zionism! Keep your eyes on the Lord. At all times.
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And I will make you a great
nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a
blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I
will curse And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."
Now when Abram was
ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am
God Almighty; Walk before Me, and be blameless. "I will establish My
covenant between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly." Abram
fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,
Joseph died, and all his
brothers and all that generation. But the sons of Israel were fruitful and
increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the
land was filled with them.
'The LORD your God has
multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in
number. 'May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold
more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you!
"He will love you and
bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the
fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase
of your herd and the young of your flock, in the land which He swore to your
forefathers to give you.
"So you shall keep His
statutes and His commandments which I am giving you today, that it may go well
with you and with your children after you, and that you may live long on the
land which the LORD your God is giving you for all time."
"You shall therefore
keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be
strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to
possess it; so that you may prolong your days on the land which the LORD swore
to your fathers to give to them and to their descendants, a land flowing with milk
and honey. "For the land, into which you are entering to possess it, is
not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you used to sow your seed
and water it with your foot like a vegetable garden.
"It is you who are the
sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers,
saying to Abraham, 'AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE
BLESSED.' "For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless
you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways."
And if you belong to
Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise. So, don´t get distracted by the spirit of zionism! Keep your eyes on the Lord. All times.
The Old Covenant replaced with New Covenant
discussing this change and when and how it would take place, Jesus said “Do not think that I came
to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.For assuredly, I say to
you,till heaven and earth pass
away, onejot or onetittle will by no means pass from the law till all is
fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:17-18) In so setting forth the
timetable for the exchange, Jesus said that it would occur when the Old Covenant was
fulfilled. By saying “til all is fulfilled” and “pass”, He indicated that it
would be fulfilled and pass. And it did.
He also said when this would happen. “For all the prophets and the law
prophesied until John.” (Matt. 11:13) Meaning that the prophets
and law would stand until John the Baptist, but not after.
that Jesus had said, “til all is fulfilled”. The Old Covenant would end when it
was fulfilled. “And
he said unto them, ‘These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet
with you, that all things must be
fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and
in the psalms, concerning me’.” (Luke 24:44) Indicating that the law and the
prophets were fulfilled in Christ and came to an end at that time.
the New Testament confirms the obsolescence of the Old Covenant and the
entering of the new. In the letter to the Hebrews, the writer writes, “In that He says, “A
newcovenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is
becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.” (Heb. 8:13)The Old
Covenant is obsolete. And again, “by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the
veil, that is, His flesh” (Heb. 10:20)God provided a new and living way through Christ. Why would
anyone want another? The old serves no useful purpose.
“For the law was given through
Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John
“and by Him everyone who believes is
justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of
Moses.” Acts 13:39
Chapters 9-11 in full
(with emphasis added)
9:1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not
lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I
have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. 3 For I
could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my [a]countrymen
according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the
adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the
service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom,
according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally
blessed God. Amen.
it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not
all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the
seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac
your seed shall be called.”8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh,
these are not the children of God; but the children of
the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For
this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.”
not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one
man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having
done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might
stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The
older shall serve the younger.”13 As it is written, “Jacob
I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God?
Certainly not! 15 For
He says to Moses, “I will
have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on
whomever I will have compassion.”16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who
runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the
Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For
this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and
that My name may be declared in all the earth.”18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills
will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted
His will?” 20 But
indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say
to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same
lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?
22 What if
God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known,
endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for
destruction, 23 and that He might make
known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He
had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us
whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
He says also in Hosea:
“I will call them My people, who
were not My people,
And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
26 “Andit shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘Youarenot My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
also cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
The remnant will be saved.
28 ForHe will finish the work and cutitshort in righteousness,
Because theLordwill make a short work upon the
as Isaiah said before:
“Unless theLordofSabaoth had left us a seed,
We would have become like Sodom,
And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”
shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have
attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but
Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the
law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek
it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.
For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.33 As
it is written:
“Behold, I lay in Zion a
stumbling stone and rock of offense,
Andwhoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and
prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. 2 For I
bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to
knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant
of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their
own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the
end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”6 But
the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “ ‘Who
will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that
is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But
what does it say? “The word
is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that
is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if
you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God
has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the
mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For
the Scripture says, “Whoever
believes on Him will not be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek,
for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever
callson the name of theLordshall be saved.”
then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they
believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they
hear without a preacher? 15 And
how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
“How beautiful are the feet of
the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”
they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has
believed our report?”17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by
the word of God.
I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
“Their sound has gone out to all
And their words to the ends of the world.”
I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:
“I will provoke you to jealousy
bythose who arenot a nation,
I will move you to anger by afoolish nation.”
Isaiah is very bold and says:
“I was found by those who did not
I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”
21 But to Israel he says:
day long I have stretched out My hands
To a disobedient and contrary people.”
11 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. 2 God 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”? 4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed
the knee to Baal.”5 Even so
then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of
grace. 6 And 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
7 What then? Israel has not
obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest
were blinded.8 Just as it is written:
has given them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes that they should not see
And ears that they should not hear,
To this very day.”
9 And David says:
their table become a snare and a trap,
A stumbling block and a recompense to them.
10 Let their
eyes be darkened, so that they do not see,
And bow down their back always.”
say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not!
But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy,
salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world,
and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I
magnify my ministry, 14 if
by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh
and save some of them. 15 For
if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world,
what will their acceptance be but life from
if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and
if the root is holy, so are the
branches. 17 And
if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive
tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root
of the olive tree, 18 do
not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you
do not support the root, but the root supports you.
will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were
broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare
you either. 22 Therefore
consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but
toward you, [l]goodness, if
you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be
cut off. 23 And
they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for
God is able to graft them in again. 24 For
if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted
contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these,
who are natural branches, be grafted into their
own olive tree?
I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest
you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the
fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will
be saved, as it
“The Deliverer will come out of
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 ForthisisMy covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the
election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now
obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even
so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they
also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed
them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How
unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 “For who has known themind of theLord?
has become His counselor?”
35 “Orwho has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of
Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to
whom be glory forever. Amen.