Today you should read: Romans 11:1-24
“Is God done with me?”
“Am I really a part of God’s plan?”
These are questions every Christian will wrestle with at some point in their lives, and they’re the very questions that the Jews are still asking today. The Israelites rejected the Messiah… but is God done with them?
Paul responds with a resounding “no”! These study notes are especially helpful when trying to wrap our minds around such deep thoughts:
The majority of Israel failed to believe. Does this mean that God has rejected his people? Paul presents himself as an example of the remnant that has been preserved, a remnant that indicates that God is not finished with Israel and that he will fulfill the promises made to his people.
Israel’s hardening is not the final word. God planned salvation history so that Israel’s trespass would open salvation for the Gentiles, and the Jews in turn would be provoked to jealousy when they see Gentiles being saved and enjoying a relationship with God. ESVSB
God has a special place for Israel, and the Bible is clear that they are still a piece of the larger picture of redemption. And until Christ returns, that picture is still unfolding.
Maybe the best part about today’s reading is that the Gentiles are “grafted in” to the tree of God’s family. Just in case you’re wondering, that’s you and me!
While salvation came from the Jews, it didn’t end there. We “Gentiles” are also offered new life through the Jewish carpenter Messiah, Jesus Christ! We don’t have to “guess hope think might maybe” (props to Tim Parsons) — we can know that we have an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:29-30, 1 John 5:13). I am especially encouraged by this today. I am so thankful to be a part of God’s plan and God’s chosen family.
You may be tempted today to ask those questions I posed earlier. Here’s the deal: if you are in Christ and you are still breathing, God still has a purpose and plan for you. Are you willing to be used by Him in His plan? Are you willing to humble yourself and submit to His purpose for your life? If so, get ready, because maybe the best is yet to come. It is for the Jews and the Gentiles, and it is for you, too.
Posted by: Todd Thomas