Romans 11:24-26

 My dad recently cut down our family plum tree. We harvested many plums from that tree over the years. The tree was originally a cutting from our neighbor’s tree. Our next-door-neighbor is a plant wizard. Quite a few years ago she talked my dad (not a renowned arborist) through the  planting of this tiny shoot. This little sprig grew into a big tree, grew old, and eventually died, but it started as little more than a twig stripped off a bigger tree. Wrapping up and reiterating the last few passages, these verses remind us that Israel was God’s chosen people. Then, like a transplanted sprig from another tree, the Gentiles were grafted into the spot from which Israel had been removed. We do not understand all that God has done or is doing, but His plan has made salvation available to the whole world where once it was nearly impossible for a non-Jew to be one of “God’s people.” Jesus is at work, and He will complete His plan. Trust Him, and thank Him for His kindness.


Romans 11:24-26   24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.  25 Lest you be wise in your own conceits, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob";

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