Paul, an apostle of Christ to the Gentiles, is explaining that because of the rejection of God’s people of God’s gift, the gentiles got invited/grafted to share in the nourishing sap from the olive root. That’s the grace of God granted to the Gentiles who put their trust in the Lord Jesus;
- What could we observe the way the Hebrew people got cut off from the grace of God? See also Jer 11:16 The LORD called you a thriving olive tree with fruit beautiful in form. But with the roar of a mighty storm he will set it on fire, and its branches will be broken.
- What could we observe the way God has adopted the Gentiles into His family they could never deserve? See also Eph 2:11-13 11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)–
12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
- What could we observe the grace of God granted on whoever putting their faith in the Lord Jesus? See also Rom 10:11-12 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
- What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your attitude for the grace granted to you?
- How do you want to respond to His grace you could never deserve yourself?
Though God chose the Israelites as God’s people with the covenant with God, they have a stubborn heart and refused to carry out God’s call for them. God, in turn, caused their eyes darkened that they may not see the truth themselves;
- What could we observe the way the heart of those Israelites got hardened? See also Isa 29:13-14 The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service— yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship ⌊consists of⌋ man-made rules learned ⌊by rote⌋— therefore I will again confound these people with wonder after wonder. The wisdom of their wise men will vanish, and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden.
- What could we observe the heart of the Lord as He observe the empty religious pattern they continued with? See also Ps 50:14-15 Sacrifice a thank offering to God, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call on Me in a day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
- What could we observe the expectation of God in His relationship with His people? See also Rom 2:28-29 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and ⌊true⌋ circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart—by the Spirit, not the letter. That man’s praise is not from men but from God.
- What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your relationship with Him these days?
- What do you want to do in response to His voice?
As God said to Elijah that He reserved 7000 people in Israel whose knee have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouth has not kissed him, God still reserves people among the Israelites remnant chosen by His grace;
- What could we observe the way God works behind the scene in the hearts of people? 1 King 19:18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel–all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.”
- What could we observe the way God made a covenant with Abraham concerning His blessing on all nations through his offspring. See also Gen 22:17-18 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
- What is the Lord saying to us about His work among His people these days? See also Rom 9:27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel: “Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea, only the remnant will be saved.
- Who is the Lord saying that He has put on your path that He might bless through you?
- What do you want to do about it that He might bless him/her through you?
Though God has chosen the Israelites by His grace that they might be God’s nation of priesthood for the people in the whole world, they have turned their back on God and took advantage of the grace of God. Let’s review our time with the Lord on Roman 10. Go back to your journal over the week and see ‘What the Lord has spoken to you’ and ‘How you’ve responded to His voice’;
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your attitude toward God’s election of yourself?
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your zeal to submit to God?
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your reluctance/refusal to carry our obvious will of the Lord?
- What has the Lord spoken to you about your attitude to God’s call for yourself?
- What is an application you still need to carry out in life from this chapter?
- What are you going to do about it?
Though the Gentiles were not seeking God at all and lived out their life without consciousness of God, God was interested in them and sought them out from the beginning. And though God has shown such mercy and compassion to the Jews, they have turned their back on Him and rejected Him;
- What could we observe the way God cared for the heathens/ all people from the beginning? See also Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
- What could we observe the way God calls/cares people who do not see Him at all? See alsoAct 9:3-6 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.
6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
- What could we observe the way God shapes everyone as He sees best to Him? See also Jer 18:3-6 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.
4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
- What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your attitude for His plan for yourself?
- How do you want to respond to His guidance as He unfolds His plan for you?
The word of the Lord preached by those God sent has gone to the ends of the earth, but have those who heard embraced it? The Gentile have adopted it, but Jews have rejected it that those Gentiles who didn’t consider God before and become His people to make Jews jealous and possibly repent;
- What could we observe the way God invited His people invited to real life through the message of His messenger? See also Isa 55:1-3 1 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
- What could we observe the way those Hebrews responded to the message as well as the messengers? See also Deut 32:21 They made me jealous by what is no god and angered me with their worthless idols. I will make them envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation that has no understanding.
- What could they have experienced through the word of the Lord they heard if they embraced it? See also Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
- What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your attitude to His message these days?
- How do you want to respond to His voice that you might experience an impact of His word in life?
Though God has sent His people, the Israelites, as the nation of the priesthood to declare the glory of His Holy name, they have rejected the call and began to take advantage of His call for their own sake. Yet God sees the feet of those who bring good news as beautiful;
- What could we observe the way God has called the believers as the priest for the nations? See also 1 Pet 2:9-10 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
- What could we observe the privilege we have received from the Lord? 2 Cor 5:18-20 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
- How are we supposed to carry this call out in life? See also 2 Tim 4:1-2 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.
- Who has the Lord put on your path that you might carry out the privilege of sharing the gospel?
- What do you want to do about it?
One’s genuine confession of the Lord Jesus as the Savior comed by the work of the Holy Spirit with the belief in his heart. Belief in the heart is causing the confession of the mouth happening in one’s life. That’s how one experiences salvation
- What could we observe the cause of the genuine confession of the Lord Jesus as the Savior? See also 1 Cor 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
- What could we observe the Lord Jesus’ response to one’s confession of Lord? See also Mt 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.
- What impact could one expect from the work of the Lord Jesus as He embraces Him as the Savior? Rev 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
- What is the Lord saying to you about His work in your life?
- How would you like to respond to His voice?
God promised the Savior for His people a long time ago from among the seed of Abraham. The Lord Jesus Christ came as the promised Savior, and in Him, the requirement of the law gets fulfilled. The Israelites rejected Him and cut themselves from the covenant of the Lord;
- What could we observe the way God has given the law to the Israelites? See also Gal 3:24-25 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
- What could we observe the way Christ has fulfilled the law through His work on the cross? See also Mt 11:13-14 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.
- What could we observe the way God has responded to the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus on the cross? See also Mt 27:50-51 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.
- What is the Lord Jesus saying to you about your love for Him in response to his?
- What do you want to do about it?