ISRAEL HATH NOT OBTAINED
What was it that
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
The same as Cain wanted to obtain it in Gen. 4:1-7.
But they wanted to obtain it by their own works of righteousness. They wanted it their way and not God’s way.
They wanted to continue in works and thus they refused God’s grace.
Grace is extended by Christ and received by faith in Christ.
I. THE REASON
They were blinded.
The nation of
5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
There was a remnant saved by grace. But the majority of the nation of
A. Blinded by Adam’s fall.
When Adam took of the forbidden fruit he died spiritually and all the descendants of Adam are born spiritually dead.
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Adam walked with God and enjoyed His fellowship in the cool of the day.
But with the fall came alienation from God.
Restoration can only come through the second Adam, our Savior Jesus Christ.
B. Blinded by Satan.
2 Cor 4:4
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
C. Blinded by God. (vs 8)
10 For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered.
3 The great temptations which thine eyes have seen, the signs, and those great miracles:
4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
II. THE RECOMPENSE OF
The word recompense means to return in kind.
Psa 69:21-23 (see Matt 27:34, 48)
21 They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not; and make their loins continually to shake.
The reason for this blindness upon
1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
I realize that Christ was not speaking of Himself when he made this statement, but it applies also to this situation.
For the cry that day demands it.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Jesus said that he was the bread of life.
He became their stumblingblock and snare.
30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36 But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
48 I am that bread of life.
49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
III. THE RESULTS OF
11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
This stumbling is not to their falling, but to their salvation through Christ.
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of
12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Even though the majority of the nation now rejects Him, it is through this nation that salvation has come to the world.
Salvation is now available to all, Jew and Gentile.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
The Israelite crucified the Savior and they are no longer the nation through which God works His mighty miracles.
Though they will return to that status in the future, they are now not used of God in that way.
The power of God is now manifest through the preaching of the Gospel and this through the church as distinct from
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
1 Cor 1:18
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
2 Tim 1:8
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
36 The word which God sent unto the children of
37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from
2 Cor 5:9
9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
2 Cor 6:2
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Acceptance comes only to those who receive Christ.
The two fold result of
The opportunity for the Gentile nations to be saved.
And the nation of
God will again work through
144,000 will be sealed.
4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of