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Pastor’s Class Notes

Posted in New Testament, Romans

Pastor’s Class Notes
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

ROMANS 11:19-24

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.

Pastor’s Class Notes

Posted in New Testament, Romans

Pastor’s Class Notes
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

ROMANS 11:16-18

Introduction
These verses continue Paul’s opposition to Gentile prejudice against Jews. Paul hoped that Gentile Christians would desire the conversion of Jews. Neither group would lose by the conversion of the other. Salvation in both groups would bring joy to all.
Paul stresses the unique position held by Jews. They should not be disdained. His argument centers in an illustration from the world of horticulture. He will speak of grafting, which is inserting a branch from one plant into the stem of another plant.
This is a common, and very beneficial, practice. For example, at the end of the nineteenth century, a terrible disease, phylloxera, destroyed almost all the grapevine roots in France. The vineyards were ultimately saved only because there was a strain of California vines whose roots were immune to phylloxera. The California roots were imported and the French vines were grafted onto them. Hardly a grapevine in France is not “descended” from a California root (a fact the French hate to admit).
Even as gardeners use grafting for good, God Himself does, too, as we will see in these following verses.