Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Shalom,

One In Messiah part 48 – Romans, part 159

Romans 11:17 But if some of the branches were broken off and you—being a wild olive—were grafted in among them and became a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness.

This verse is structured in a strange way.  We are very used to “if/then” statements.  The Bible is full of them.  “If ‘this,’ then ‘that.’”  My favorite is the classic verse… 2Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. KJV  So… now let’s rephrase the verse into the “if/then” structure.

Romans 11:17 But (So what) if some of the branches were broken off?  and (Then) you—being a wild olive—were grafted in among them and became a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness.  

What is being described here is a case of cause and effect.  “Some branches” are natural Jewish “branches.”  They were broken off so that “you…wild” (branches) could be grafted in.  In the analogy, the natural Jewish people (branches) had to be broken off.  If Yeshua had been accepted by the Jewish rulers, there would never have been His crucifixion.  Without His sacrifice, there would be no salvation for anyone.

Lastly, please note the phrase “grafted in among them.”  It is significant because for centuries, Gentile people have lived as though they were grafted in “instead” of Jewish people (who were broken off) and not “among” Jewish people (some of whom were broken off).  The Bride of Messiah will be made up of both Jewish and non-Jewish people.

Ephesians 2:14 For He is our shalom, the One who made the two into one and broke down the middle wall of separation. Within His flesh He made powerless the hostility.

We are all being nourished by the same spirit.  That’s what it means to become “a partaker of the root of the olive tree with its richness.”  The two (Jewish and non-Jewish) become one BECAUSE of Yeshua’s sacrifice.  Together, we celebrate His victory over death.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
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