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Read Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32


Read Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

I ask, then: did God reject his own people? Certainly not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God has not rejected his people, whom he chose from the beginning. You know what the scripture says in the passage where Elijah pleads with God against Israel:

29For God does not change his mind about whom he chooses and blesses. 30As for you Gentiles, you disobeyed God in the past; but now you have received God’s mercy because the Jews were disobedient. 31In the same way, because of the mercy that you have received, the Jews now disobey God, in order that they also may now receive God’s mercy. 32For God has made all people prisoners of disobedience, so that he might show mercy to them all.


As Paul writes to a congregation composed of Jews and Gentiles he doesn't want any one 'tribe' or 'side' to think of themselves as better than the others.  Just as the Jewish people were disobedient; the gentiles have the same addiction to sin and disobedience.  God opens the door to sinful Jews and Gentiles and thus displays his mercy to all people.


Lord I pray for a unity with others that is based on a humble acceptance of your amazing grace.

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