The Future and Fate of Israel - Part 2

Sun, Feb 24, 2019
So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean! - Romans 11:11–12 (ESV) Have you ever seen one of those pictures that is made up of a bunch of miniature pictures. Each smaller picture makes up a pixel of the larger image. Depending on what medium you are viewing it in, you can zoom in and out. The big picture is made up of all these little pictures. This make me think about the way I often think about God's sovereignty in my life. I'm concerned personally and selfishly for things to go well for me. I want the 'all things' in Roman 8:28 to work out to my advantage, peace, and comfort. I don't think I'm that unusual, but in many ways we are concerned about the little picture. We are concerned about the outcome and effect of God's plan only so much as it intersects with me. When we back up we find out there is a much BIGGER picture that is being painted. It's one we can't always see or comprehend. It's one that at times feels uncomfortable. This week in Romans 11 we are going to pull back the lens. We are going to see how the hardening of Israel intersects with us. God gives us a chance to see the larger picture. In doing so I'm praying we gain a greater love and trust that He knows the beginning from the end even when it's totally beyond our view. Take a few minutes to read back through Romans 11. Slow down and focus on verses 11-24 as you read. Do you see the BIGGER picture? We will also be celebrating God's plan of redemption through communion, so come ready to worship together at 10:30. Will you reach out to someone right now to encourage them to join you?
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