- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Romans 11
The remnant of Israel
In chapter 10, Apostle Paul wrote God who foreshock Israel by their unbelief. He asks question related to Israel’s unbelief, “Then, has God rejected his people?’ He said, “by no means.”
Israel’s rejection is not final. There are among Israel remnants of faithful, elected by the grace of God, like seven thousand people in Israel during Elijah’s time, who did not worship idol, Baal. God gave them faithful heart while God gave the rest of Israelites hardened heart for loving purpose that Gentiles might have an opportunity to hear and receive the gospel. It is the mystery of God’s providence.
Israel is still holy root from which tree and braches are holy. The dough and the root stand for the patriarchs through whom all Israel has been consecrated. This analogy of root and tree explains about Israel as the people of God’s covenant.
The metaphor of the olive tree, original and grafted branches, explains how God worked through Israel and Gentile for the salvation for all, and this metaphor explains the relationship between Israel and Gentile. The root, tree, and branches is Israel, God’s covenant people. The branches broken off are the unbelieving Israel. The branches grafted in are Gentiles who believe in Christ.
The point of this metaphor is the grace of God; either Israel or Gentiles has no reason for pride.
Chapter 11 marks the conclusion of the first half of the Book of Romans in contents explaining gospel in theological perspective. Beginning chapter 12, Apostle Paul lays out how to put gospel in practice.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.