Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, September 5, 2023

One In Messiah part 53 – Romans, part 164

Romans 11:24 For if you were cut out of that which by nature is a wild olive tree, and grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?

Paul says it clearly, “How much more will these natural branches….”  Paul seems to be marveling at the truth.  The miracle isn’t that Israel is saved (grafted in), but that anyone outside of Israel is saved (wild branches grafted in to a cultivated olive tree).

Paul writes more on this in Ephesians 2.  After starting the chapter with a sad explanation of living according to the cravings of the flesh, he says…. Ephesians 2:4  But God was rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. 5 Even when we were dead in our trespasses, He made us alive together with Messiah. (By grace you have been saved!)  Yes, God made us alive by grace.  He grafted us in so that our spirit we can be nourished by His Spirit.

This is the meaning of communion.  We receive sustenance from the sacrificed Body and shed Blood of our Lord and Savior.  John 6:35 Yeshua said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”

I love that!  Cut out of what is naturally wild or cut out of the cultivated olive tree, it doesn’t matter, both are grafted in to be nourished by the same root by the Spirit of God.  Shalom shalom.

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