Romans 11Memorializing October 15, 2016 events for future reference:
1) Bonfire at Grant's place after dark
2) Spiritual discussions and music (including Carmen's A Witch's Invitation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJiheZ3aEug)--Rick, Seth, Grant, Steve
God always shows up because He's ever present, and frankly I fail to remember to look around and see Him at times. During our discussions this evening, I asked Rick a question that has been marinating internally a bit in recent months about Jews and their view of Jesus. Why is there a disconnect between the chosen people and God's everlasting truth (and new covenant) in Christ Jesus? We didn't spend a ton of time on an answer or develop a new perspective, so I parked it back in far corner of my brain again.
When I returned to KC the next day, slightly hungover and tired, something said it was time to open the Bible and continue reading in Romans, where I left off a few weeks ago. Of course that would wait until morning (my favorite time of day to read the Bible or spend time quietly asking God to say something and hope I can shut up and listen).
Note - My Bible reading has been sporadic at best lately, but started at the beginning of Romans in mid-summer and generally will read one chapter per sitting.
Chapter 11 beginning title says "The Remnant of Israel" in my ESV study bible. Further into the chapter, the title "The Mystery of Israel's Salvation" opens with verse 25. Aha! God does have a plan for Israel, in spite of their "hardening." Gentiles were receiving their grace and salvation, while Jews were in a disobedient state. Verses 30-32 says, "For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all."
The question posed during the bonfire about Jews and their relationship to Jesus requires prayers for their salvation and knowledge that God has a plan for His chosen people of Israel. What I found most interesting, is that if I would have just kept reading the next Chapter in Romans several weeks ago when I stopped, the start of an answer was right there waiting in the text. This is a long way of saying that time spent in the Bible needs to be part of my daily life again. This is where we read for truth.