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Paul warned the Gentiles that they were obligated to Israel, and therefore they dared not boast of
their new spiritual position. The Gentiles entered into God’s plan because of faith, and not
because of anything good they had done. Paul was discussing the Gentiles collectively, and not
the individual experience of one believer or another.
It is worth noting that, according to Bible prophecy, the professing Gentile church will be “cut
off” because of apostasy. First Timothy 4 and 2 Timothy 3, along with 2 Thessalonians 2,
indicate that the professing church in the last days will depart from the faith.
There is no hope for the apostate church, but there is hope for apostate Israel! Why? Because of
roots of the olive tree. God will keep His promises to the patriarchs, but God will break off the
Gentiles because of their unbelief.
No matter how far Israel may stray from the truth of God, the roots are still good. God is still the
“God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” He will keep His promises to
these patriarchs. This means that the olive tree will flourish again when Jesus Christ returns to
set up His kingdom on earth!
Paul’s great concern: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they
might be saved” (Romans 10:1).
Other Scripture: Romans 9:1-5; 11.
Action assignment: Make a point to understand the meaning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of
Atonement, ten days after the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah (usually in September). Pray for
the nation Israel, and for any individual Jewish person you may know.

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