Summary: The miracle that is the Jewish nation.
The Israelites: the Jews as a nation are a miracle.
Vs. 1 “I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means!” (NIV)
The Setting Aside of Israel:
1) Is only Partial not a Complete. Vs. 1-10
Paul was the proof. Vs. 1b
There was always a small remnant of believing Jews. Vs. 2-5
Once again they were chosen by grace. Vs. 5
Question: Is God finished with Israel?
Vs. 11 “Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!” (NIV)
2) Is only Temporary not Complete. Vs. 11-36
Question: Why was Israel set aside then? Vs. 11-16
So the Gentiles could be saved. Vs. 11
To make Israel envious. Vs. 11
To open a new channel of blessing for the world. Vs. 12
Question: What should be our attitude toward Israel now? Vs. 17-24
Example: That of the Olive Tree. Jeremiah 11:16
Question: How long will the setting aside of Israel last? Vs. 25
Question: What is ultimately going to happen? Vs. 26-32
Zechariah 12:10 and 13:8-9
Key: God is Faithful!
Seven things you can count on because of God’s Faithfulness:
Rick Warren “A friend is somebody who walks in when everybody else walks out.”