Romans 11:11-24 – November 18, 2007

November 11, 2007 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment


Each study will have an error in one of the questions. It is our duty as believers to test everything that we read or hear with the Bible. So this will be a mini exercise in testing what is being said in class.

Q1) Verse 12 says the fall of the Jews (their failure) became riches for the Gentiles. The riches were hundreds upon hundreds of silver drachma and Jewish gems bestowed upon the Gentiles because of the Jewish failure. Why do you think “riches of the world” means that here? Explain.

Clues)    This is the trick question.

Discussion)    The riches are heavenly riches which chief among them is salvation for the gentiles.  This portion of Romans has nothing to do with wealth and prosperity, but everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross for each one of us, whether Jew or gentile.

Q2) In verse 14, Paul speaks about provoking those which are of his flesh so that some might be saved. Who is he talking about and why? See I Corinthians 9:22-23.

Discussion)    He is talking about his Jewish nation and he wants to provoke them to jealousy that salvation through Jesus Christ was opened up to the gentiles so the Jews should want it also, if not more than the gentiles.

Q3) In verse 12-15 and 17-22, what two things does Paul encourage the Gentiles to do?

Discussion)    He encourages them to not be arrogant about what Jesus did and boast in it, but to fear the Lord.  Fearing the Lord here means not to expect that the Lord will knock you down when you make a mistake but to have the utmost reverence for Him.  After all, salvation is not based on anything that we have done but solely based upon the mighty work that Jesus did on the cross.

Q4) How does Paul describe the Gentiles coming into salvation among the Jews in verses 16-21? What benefits of the Jewish people did Gentiles receive from God?

Discussion)    Paul describes it as a wild olive branch (gentiles) being grafted into an olive tree (Israel).  This is not to say that we are replacing Israel, just in the same way that a grafted branch into a tree does not have its own roots, so the roots of Christianity come from Judaism.  We are to lift up in prayer the Israelites and be concerned on every level for them.

Q5) In verse 19 and 21, Paul is warning us about something. Describe what he is saying to us, the Gentiles.

Discussion)    He states not to be arrogant about what the Lord did in this grafting process.  As the Lord took away some of the natural branches to graft us in, surely He can take out these grafted branches.  Humility is the key in this passage and not pride, such as is going around in Christianity today.

Q6) Read II Corinthians 3:16. In verses 23 and 24 Paul talks about God being able to graft the Jewish people in again. When will this happen?

Discussion)    This will happen with the start of the tribulation (70th week of Jacob’s trouble).  We partially got into this that the Holy Spirit will be taken out and the natural branches will be regrafted into the tree.  

LIFE APPLICATION: COVENANT Read Jeremiah 31:31-34. Then read I Corinthians 11:25 which speaks of the new covenant through Jesus Christ (because God partially hardened some of the Jewish peoples hearts) – this made a way for the Gentiles salvation and the new covenant. In the Old Testament, Jeremiah prophesied about the new covenant between God and Israel. How does this covenant differ from the Mosaic Covenant and when will this covenant begin?

Discussion)    The Mosaic covenant was completely based upon what the people did.  God set before them life and death and it was up to them on a daily basis what they would chose.  The new covenant is completely based upon God and Him showing Himself mighty, strong, and majestic through the people of Israel during the tribulation and the 1,000 year reign of Christ on the earth.


Entry filed under: Time in the Word.

Romans 11:1-10 – November 11, 2007 Romans 11:25-36 – November 25, 2007

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