Scripture Reading: Psalm 145
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Don’t do same thing as Israel in their covenant lest you suffer same judgment.
Goodness—gentle, kind, excellent, useful. Severity—sharpness, abrupt. Talking about a group of people, not an individual believer. Severity toward Israel led to goodness toward Gentiles. But Gentiles can blow their shot and get severity too.
And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
They/Them—nation of Israel as a group.
Contrary to nature—wild olive branches usually not as fruitful as a tended tree. This is not a natural occurrence, what is typically done.
Wise in own conceits—arrogance and pride destroy. Avoid that by remembering it’s not because Gentiles are awesome.
Fullness of Gentiles—we have our shot in the church. Equal time or opportunity.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father's sakes.29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
All Israel—as a nation will come in. Quotes OT. Deliverer—avenger, nearest relative of a murdered person, Inigo Montoya.
Enemies—against the Gospel, as Paul was against the church. Not on the same side when it comes to the Gospel. Election—as referring to God’s plan of redemption they are beloved, and the remnant has always been loved.
Repentance—cahnge of mind and course. God does not regret all He gave to Israel nor the calling of Gentiles, OF Israel, of Abraham, etc. God still loves Israel.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Gentiles given mercy because of Israel’s unbelief. When Gentiles respond to God’s mercy; Israel will respond to it too—provoking them to jealousy idea.
All in unbelief—Jews and Gentiles as groups. Word is actually disobeyed/disobedience.
Gentiles revolted, so God chose Abraham. His nation revolted, so God is back to Gentiles, who might also win back Israel!
God’s view of salvation. He’s the one getting robbed, yet we judge Him as being unfair. God is merciful, how else can that be shown than by giving freewill to people to do sin?
O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Unsearchable—inscrutable. Past finding out—can’t be tracked, not comprehended.
Known the mind—before or farther than He has revealed it. Counselor—advisor.
Recompense—repay. Can’t earn grace, what is given.
Of Him—as the Creator, source. Through Him—as preserver. maintainer. To Him—as the end of all things, all is for Him and His glory.