Israel’s Rejection Not Total

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.

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,
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.”

— Romans 11:1-10.

Paul asks whether God has cast away Israel, His people, and responds, ‘Certainly not!’ He himself is an Israelite who is saved. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew.

Even when Elijah pleaded against Israel with God because of her rebellious conduct, God told him that there was a remnant of 7000 faithful men. Paul reminds us that this is still true. By grace, not by works, a remnant of Israel will be saved.

The remainder of Israel, apart from the remnant, are blinded, have a spirit of stupor, cannot hear, and are ensnared in their own ways and have stumbled. This is not true of God’s elect in Israel who are saved and enlightened.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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