Romans 11:1–10 (NKJV)
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 longer work.Romans 11:1-6
Paul, saddened over the general rejection of Christ by the Jews, gives hope that Israel is not all lost. God has not cast away His people. Instead, there is a remnant left by grace. Although many would bemoan the fact that all of non-Christian Israel is lost, Paul cites the example of Elijah when he mourned that he was the only one left who served God, and then God let Elijah know that He had 7,000 that had not bowed their knee to Baal. The remnant, preserved by grace, will follow God in full obedience because of grace, not works. Determine to be part of the last-days remnant, that will serve God in spite of societal norms.
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:
“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.”
9 And David says:
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,Romans 11:7-10
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.”
Paul does pronounce woe upon those who would not believe, however. He says that God will pronounce a spiritual blindness and stupor over those who He (in His divine omniscience) knows will not believe. They will be lost, bowing down their back to the master of legalism and performance-based belief. This is hopeless and moot. No matter how hard one tries, the law is a taskmaster that no one can serve. The dependence on complete adherence to the law is futile and maddening. Ask God for grace, which He will freely give. Believe in Him before you try to live holy, and then He will help you live holy. Holiness is God’s standard for His people, but He makes you holy, then leads you to be holy, and assists you in the process. Let God be God, not the law. Let God’s grace lead you, not your will. For God will help you overcome your flesh or your will. Don’t be blind, help is right here waiting for you in the form of a Savior. Give Him your life and be saved!
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