The Remnant of Israel

Romans 11

1 I say then, a has God cast away His people? b Certainly not! For c I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom d He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 e "LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life"? 1 4 But what does the divine response say to him? f "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal." 2 5 g Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And h if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. 3 But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

7 What then? i Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were j blinded.

8 Just as it is written:
k "God has given them a spirit of stupor,
l Eyes that they should not see
And ears that they should not hear,
To this very day." 4

9 And David says:
m "Let their table become a snare and a trap,
A stumbling block and a recompense to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see,
And bow down their back always." 5

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 94:14
    For the LORD will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
    Jeremiah 46:28
    Do not fear, O Jacob My servant," says the LORD, "For I am with you; For I will make a complete end of all the nations To which I have driven you, But I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, For I will not leave you wholly unpunished.
  2. Cross References
    1 Samuel 12:22
    For the LORD will not forsake His people, for His great name's sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you His people.
    Jeremiah 31:37
    Thus says the LORD: "If heaven above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel For all that they have done, says the LORD.
  3. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 11:22
    Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
    Philippians 3:5
    Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 8:29
    For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
  5. Cross References
    1 Kings 19:10
    So he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.
    1 Kings 19:14
    And he said, "I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; because the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.
  6. Cross References
    1 Kings 19:18
    "Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him."
  7. Cross References
    2 Kings 19:4
    'It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of the Rabshakeh, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore lift up your prayer for the remnant that is left.'"
    Romans 9:27
    Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel: "Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 4:4
    Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.
  9. Cross References
    Romans 9:31
    But Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.
  10. Cross References
    Mark 6:52
    For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.
    Romans 9:18
    Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.
    Romans 11:25
    For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
    2 Corinthians 3:14
    But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:10
    For the LORD has poured out on you The spirit of deep sleep, And has closed your eyes, namely, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, namely, the seers.
    Isaiah 29:13
    Therefore the Lord said: "Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 29:3
    The great trials which your eyes have seen, the...
    Deuteronomy 29:4
    Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perce...
    Isaiah 6:9
    And He said, "Go, and tell this people: 'Keep o...
    Matthew 13:13
    Therefore I speak to them in parables, because ...
    Matthew 13:14
    And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled...
    John 12:40
    "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their h...
    Acts 28:26
    Saying, 'Go to this people and say: "Hearing yo...
    Acts 28:27
    For the hearts of this people have grown dull. ...
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 69:22
    Let their table become a snare before them, And their well-being a trap.
    Psalms 69:23
    Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; And make their loins shake continually.
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