finished reading Why Still Care about Israel by Sandra Teplinsky.
I was drawn by the title of this book to learn more about Israel
and what is going on today. In reading the book I was blessed with
understanding of Romans 9 – 11. (And this after
studying Romans for a year with Bible Study Fellowship!
I challenge anyone considering buying this book to first
read Romans 9 – 11, then read the book and then go back and read Romans 9 – 11 again!
You will be amazed how your eyes are opened!
Romans 9 – 11 9 I speak the truth in Christ—I
am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and
unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were cursed and
cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race,
4 the people of Israel.
Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the
receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5 Theirs are the patriarchs,
and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all,
forever praised! Amen
6 It is not as
though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 7 Nor because they are his
descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through
Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 8 In other words, it is not the children by physical
descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are
regarded as Abraham’s offspring. 9 For this was how the promise was stated: “At the
appointed time I will return, and Sarah will have a son.”
10 Not only that,
but Rebekah’s children were conceived at the same time by our father Isaac.
11 Yet, before the
twins were born or had done anything good or bad—in order that God’s purpose in
election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls—she was
told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I
14 What then shall
we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s
mercy. 17 For
Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might
display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
18 Therefore God has
mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.
19 One of you will
say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his
will?” 20 But
who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to
the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have
the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special
purposes and some for common use?
22 What if God,
although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great
patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? 23 What if he did this to
make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he
prepared in advance for glory— 24 even us, whom he also called, not only from
the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are
not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved
“In the very place where it was said to
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living
Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the Israelites be
like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will
his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”
It is just as Isaiah said previously
“Unless the Lord Almighty
30 What then shall
we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it,
a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the
way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they
pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the
stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to
10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God
for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about
them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.
3 Since they did not
know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not
submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may
be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes
this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these
things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not
say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ
down) 7 “or
‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).
8 But what does it
say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is,
the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your
mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the
dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are
justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
11 As Scripture
says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no
difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly
blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
14 How, then, can
they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the
one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone
preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are
sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good
16 But not all
the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed
our message?” 17 Consequently,
faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word
about Christ. 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the
their words to the ends of the world.”
Again I ask: Did Israel
not understand? First, Moses says,
“I will make you envious by those who
are not a nation;
I will make you angry by a nation that has no
And Isaiah boldly says,
“I was found by those who did not seek
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”
But concerning Israel
“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an
Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his
people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage
about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed
your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are
trying to kill me”? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for
myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too, at the present
time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it
cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? What
the people of Israel
sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the
others were hardened, 8 as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”
And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a
11 Again I ask:
Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of
their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.
12 But if their
transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the
Gentiles, how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!
13 I am talking
to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in
my ministry 14
in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some
of them. 15 For
if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their
acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is
holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 If some of the
branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been
grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive
root, 18 do
not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do,
consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 You will say
then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were
broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but
tremble. 21 For
if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but
kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you
also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be
grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were
cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were
grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the
natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
25 I do not want
you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not
be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number
of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be
darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.”
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is my
covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as
election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,
29 for God’s gifts
and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God
have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now
become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of
God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience
so that he may have mercy on them all.
the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known
the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever
given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and
through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
Disclosure: I was given this book by Chosen Books to review
on my blog. They did not ask for a positive review; only an honest one.
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