Pastor’s Class Notes
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
ROMANS 11:19 “THOU WILT SAY THEN, THE BRANCHES WERE BROKEN OFF, THAT I MIGHT BE GRAFTED IN.
Arrogant Gentiles might have been tempted to say God viewed them as being better than Jews. They might infer that God broke off the Jews because He liked Gentiles more. Paul had to respond to any such potential egotism.
ROMANS 11:20a “WELL; BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF THEY WERE BROKEN OFF,”
The change in Jewish history was caused not by Gentile goodness or worthiness, but rather by Jewish sin. Jews were being rejected because they rejected Jesus.
Unbelief was always a major stumbling-block for the Jews. On the verge of Canaan, their faith failed. They measured giants and city walls accurately, but underestimated God. Hence, a generation of them had to wander and die in a wilderness.