2017 Daniel Fast: Awakening
Day 16 Journal Writing Reflection
“Paul explains how the Jews (Hebrews/Israelites) were God’s chosen people. Discuss this and then explain how Gentiles were grafted in.”
Day 16 Bible Study:
Romans Ch. 11:1-32
Week 3 Memory Verses:
John 4:23-24 (NIV)
1 Corinthians 2:13-14 (NIV)
Week 3 Spiritual Gift
Discerning of Spirits
The true Hebrew Israelites, Israel, are the chosen people of God. God’s chosen people were enslaved in Egypt for approximately 400 years and were enslaved again by prophetic Egypt, transported by slave ships to a nation that is “like an eagle swooping down.” Deuteronomy 28:49-50 says, “The Lord will bring a nation against you [Hebrew Israelites] from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle [nation] swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young.”
Any other group of people posing as true Israel is counterfeit if it doesn’t meet the criteria that is in the Word of God. Nations, governments, or individuals that identify the chosen people of God in opposition to God’s Word are counterfeit. God has been saying for us to pay attention to what is counterfeit in this season. Everything isn’t what it seems. We are searching for answers from Holy Spirit in this season. We are seeking God for the spirit of discernment so that we can recognize the fake and the phony and the counterfeit in this season. The wool has been pulled from over our eyes during this era of awakening in Jesus’s name.
The Jews (Hebrew Israelites) during the time of Jesus were zealous for God but their zeal was not based on knowledge (See Romans 10.). Although they had and thoroughly knew the scriptures in the Old Testament and the prophesies of the coming of Jesus, that knowledge still wasn’t enough to help them to receive Jesus when He came. Is this how we view the Word of God? We read it; we know it; but when things are manifested on the earth, we just can’t receive it or believe it because it goes against what we thought it should be or what we’ve always understood; or how we envisioned it in our finite minds. When Jesus, a Hebrew Israelite, came in the form of a man, the Jews (Hebrew Israelites) expected a king who would deliver them from oppression, not understanding that Jesus would deliver them from oppression and even the sins of the world. It is imperative that we pray for the spiritual gift of knowledge and wisdom because it is possible to worship, serve, and even think we know a God of whom we have no real knowledge (See Romans 10.). The Jews refused to submit to the righteousness of God because righteousness is by faith. Their hearts were too hardened to believe the Word in flesh, even as He stood there before them.
Because of the Jew’s obstinate spirit, God chose another nation to make Israel envious. God said He would make Israel an angry nation that has no understanding (See Deuteronomy 32:21). In Isaiah 65:1, Isaiah says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” Who are these people who would be extended the privilege of the gospel? The Gentiles. Open your eyes for the prophesy of the Jews and Gentiles who will collide all over this world in unity for the kingdom of God. That is the convergence to come. Wake up.
“Around 1,000 B.C., farmers learned a way to use cuttings from a tree. They discovered that branch from one tree could be inserted into a cut on another tree, and this foreign branch would become part of the new tree. This allowed for the use of a mature root and trunk system in production of fruit different from the “host” tree. The method is known as “grafting” and is an important part of orchard science today. Paul used this his insights about grafting and the olive tree to relate to the audience of the book of Romans.”
Grafted in. Digital images. Accessed August 21, 2016. http://www.ziontrumpet.org.
The Remnant of Israel Romans 1:1-36
1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.
2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?
3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.”
4 But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”
5 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.
6 But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,
8 as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
9 And David says,
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.”
Gentiles Grafted In
11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.
12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry
14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.
15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?
16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,
18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.
19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.
22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.
24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
T-Chart of the Jews and Gentiles
Explain the differences (or similarities) between the Jews and Gentiles:
Chosen people (original Hebrew Israelites)
Enslaved 400 years in Egypt (enslaved again later by a nation like an eagle; brought in on ships)
Stumbled but will still recover when they are gathered together from all the nations the earth in the end (see Ezekiel)
Failure to believe in Jesus
Will be fully included
A remnant of believing Jews
Paul hoped that Spreading the gospel to Gentiles would make the Hebrew Israelites (Jews) jealous and it would save some of them
Acceptance of the gospel would bring them back to life because without Christ they are dead
First fruit offering (Israel God’s possession)
Broken branches (to keep the tree holy)
Share in the nourishing root
Broken off because of unbelief
Natural branches (original chosen of God on the original Olive Tree)
Suffered the severity of God if they were fallen
Will be grafted in again
Cultivated olive tree
|Gentiles (non Jews, all other nations of world)
Salvation came to them (gospel preached) because Jews stumbled
Received riches of salvation because of the Jews hardened hearts
Had a personal apostle, Paul
Reconciliation (receiving the gospel message) because of Jew’s rejection
Wild olive shoot (part of the sacred tree)
Share in the nourishing root
Warned by Paul not to be arrogant (must have felt sanctimonious because Jews were broken off and they were grafted in)
Grafted in because of faith
Experienced the kindness of God if they continue in the faith
Wild olive tree
All Israel Will Be Saved
25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,
26 and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written:
“The deliverer will come from Zion;
he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,
29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.
30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience,
31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you.
32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen.
 The UMI Annual Commentary 2015-2016. Precepts for Living: Urban Ministries, Incorporated. Chicago: UMI, 2015.