Grafted in by faith!
Scripture reading for June 29th: Romans 11
Paul concluded his section of the Roman letter dealing with his own people by using an example of an olive tree. Olives were cultivated in Israel and God had used other agricultural examples to teach throughout their history. He also used the Gentiles salvation in his example to “arose my own brothers to envy and save some of them.” (Romans 11:14)
“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, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you either. . . .And if they do not persist in their unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” (Romans 11:17-21,23)
Paul likened the Gentiles to wild olive branches that because of faith were grafted into the tame olive root of the nation of Israel. They were now nourished by the sap from that root. The Jews, because of unbelief in Jesus Christ had been cut off the tree, natural branches now without nourishment! God wanted both Jew and Gentile to be part of the tree, and if faith was found in the natural branches, God could and would easily graft them in again. If the Gentiles departed from faith, they too would be cut off–God did not show partiality! Let’s all hang onto the Root!