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GOD'S COMMITMENT TO SALVATION

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Historical Review

Twelve Tribes of Israel
The twelve tribes of Israel originated from the twelve sons of Israel.
Twelve Son of Israel
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin (Gen. 35:23-26; Exo. 1:1–4; 1 Chron. 2:1–2)
“Israel” is the name that God gave Jacob ().
Jacob is one of Judaism’s three patriarchs, an account of him is found in many chapters of Genesis. He is the son of Isaac and Rebecca, the grandson of Abraham and Sarah, and the father of 12 sons, the progenitors of the 12 tribes of Israel.
Dispersion of the Tribes
Jews who were living outside of Israel having been dispersed or scattered to other Gentile countries. In modern parlance, the Diaspora refers to the scattering of the Jews throughout Europe who returned to their homeland in 1948 with the creation of the state of Israel by a United Nations resolution.
The tribes were disperse: Israel to the north or Judah to the south. They we rich materially focused on wordly pleasure. Giving God no time in their lives, they are casually uninterested in the moral welfare of their nation that is crashing into utter depravity. Shame for sin has disappeared. The Interpreter's Commentary of the Bible states that the Bible shows that, in the period before these nations fell, their societies show significant breakdowns in two vital areas: in political and business leadership and in family life, with specific blame falling on women.

Introduction

The story of the nation of Israel is the story of man. Having disobeyed God, Adam and Eve were thrown out of the garden. When the nation of Israel chose to live in pleasure and sin they too dispersed Israel to the north and Judah to the south. But the dispersion continued even more to the different parts of the world. But the story does not end there. The bible teaches us that one day they will be completely restored, being brought back together as a nation. The fulfillment of this prophesy began in May 14, 1948 when Israel was recognized as a nation in today’s generation. Some have gone back ever since but there are still some who are still away. Using this plot as the plot of man’s story, man’s sinfulness in his lifetime does not have to mean final too. God has offered full restoration (salvation) to anyone who believes through His Son, Jesus Christ.
In line with this plot, we will see God’s orchestration on how He brings about salvation/restoration to the nation of Israel. Just like a builder, He has plans and He has tools.
In line with this plot we will see God’s orchestration on how He brings about salvation / restoration to the nation of Israel. Just like a builder, He has plans and He has tools.
In line with this plot, we will see God’s orchestration on how He brings about salvation/restoration to the nation of Israel. Just like a builder, He has plans and He has tools.

Main Problem

Main Problem

Romans 10:1 NASB95
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation.

POSSIBLE PENALTY

God totally rejecting His own.
Romans 11:1 NASB95
1 I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
ROmans 11:
2. Possible fall from stumbling.
Romans 11:11 NASB95
11 I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous.

God’s Commitment to Man’s Salvation

1. God overrules Israel’s failure leading to the salvation of others. (vv. 11–12).

Romans 11:11–12 NLT
11 Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. 12 Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.
Disobedience has its consequences.
Romans 1
Disobedience or rebellion against God is a sinful act that the Bible has plenty to say about. In fact, we are in the huge mess we find ourselves in today because of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience.
The Word of God defines sin as transgression of the law of God according to () along with rebellion against God according to (; ). Sin is based entirely on plain disobedience or rebellion.
Disobedience is refusing to do what God has commanded, or doing what God has forbidden. With this in mind, Satan is the author of disobedience. 
God uses the concept of jealousy to save Israel.
If another man’s junk is another man’s treasure then what v.11-12 is demonstrating is that Israel’s disobedience can lead to another race’s obedience.
As onWhen one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
Alexander Graham Belle
God has opened the door of salvation to the whole world.
The Lord’s messengers went to Israel first, but Israel did not want to hear that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God Himself. Very few received the gospel. In fact, so many rejected the message that it can be said that Israel, the nation as a whole, has stumbled over Christ. Israel, the Jews …
The Lord’s messengers went to Israel first, but Israel did not want to hear that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, the Son of God Himself. Very few received the gospel. In fact, so many rejected the message that it can be said that Israel, the nation as a whole, has stumbled over Christ. Israel, the Jews …
• have shut their eyes, lest they should see Christ (v. 8)
• have closed their ears, lest they should hear Christ (v. 8)
• have set themselves to bitterly oppose Christ ()
1 Thessalonians 2:15–16 NASB95
15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.
1 Thessalonians 2:14–16 NASB95
14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost.
God had no other choice but to do the logical thing. The glorious message of His love and of His Son was at stake; therefore, God sent His messengers throughout the world (the Gentile world) in search of any person who would receive the message of His Son. God did what the Jews had always failed to do: God threw open the door of salvation to the whole world.

The Parable of The Banquet (another story of rejection)

Luke 14:15–23 NASB95
15 When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17 and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’ 18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of land and I need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.’ 19 “Another one said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’ 20 “Another one said, ‘I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.’ 21 “And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became angry and said to his slave, ‘Go out at once into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 “And the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 “And the master said to the slave, ‘Go out into the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled.

2. Paul tries to stir the Jews to be saved through jealousy.(vv. 13–15)

Romans 11:13–15 NLT
13 I am saying all this especially for you Gentiles. God has appointed me as the apostle to the Gentiles. I stress this, 14 for I want somehow to make the people of Israel jealous of what you Gentiles have, so I might save some of them. 15 For since their rejection meant that God offered salvation to the rest of the world, their acceptance will be even more wonderful. It will be life for those who were dead!
Envy and jealousy are often mentioned in the Bible as sins together with greed, slander and anger and just like any sin we are to avoid them.
And yet it does not stop God from using it as way to stir Israel towards Him.
This is consistent to God’s sovereignty where is able to accomplish His purposes no matter the predicament, no matter the incident or no matter the event.
He wanted to arouse the Jews to envy; with the intent for them to come to Christ, by seeing what Christ had done for the Gentiles. He wanted to stir men to look at the lives of believers and to see the wonderful change Christ had wrought. Thereby, Paul hoped that some Jews would be saved.
He wanted to arouse the Jews to envy; that is, he wanted to stir them to look at Christ, and to see what Christ had done for the Gentiles. He wanted to stir men to look at the lives of believers and to see the wonderful change Christ had wrought. Thereby, Paul hoped that some Jews would be saved.
Someday Israel as nation will be restored to its purpose and it is one sign of Christ imminent second coming. So in principle, we can hasten Christ return by being instruments in spreading the Gospel.
Matthew 24:14 NASB95
14 “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
Mark 13:10 NASB95
10 “The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.
Mark 13:10–11 NASB95
10 “The gospel must first be preached to all the nations. 11 “When they arrest you and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.
Mark 13:9–10 NASB95
9 “But be on your guard; for they will deliver you to the courts, and you will be flogged in the synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them. 10 “The gospel must first be preached to all the nations.

3. Heritage can be a vehicle to pass salvation to the next generation (v. 16).

Romans (King James Version) G. The Callous on Israel’s Heart Is Not Final—There Is to Be a Restoration, 11:11–16

1. Proof 1: God has counteracted Israel’s stumbling over Christ (vv. 11–12).

2. Proof 2: Paul tries to stir the Jews to be saved (vv. 13–15).

3. Proof 3: the forefathers, that is, the patriarchs, passed down a heritage of holiness (v. 16).

Romans 11:16 NASB95
16 If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
Romans
Material things are not the only stuff that we can pass on to the next generation.
Israel’s forefathers, that is, the patriarchs, passed down a heritage of holiness. This is an extremely important verse in dealing with the restoration of Israel.
A person’s salvation maybe a products of a previous generations influence.
Illustration of v.16
The root, the first part, refers to the patriarchs, that is, the fathers of Israel. Israel, by merit of its patriarchs, its fathers, holds a very special place in God’s heart. The whole nation benefits from the dedicated lives of Abraham and the other godly fathers. The whole nation (masses of them) will be restored and saved, brought back to God because of the godliness of the forefathers and because of God’s promise to the forefathers (see v. 25).
the root, the first part, refers to the patriarchs, that is, the fathers of Israel. Israel, by merit of its patriarchs, its fathers, holds a very special place in God’s heart. The whole nation benefits from the dedicated lives of Abraham and the other godly fathers. The whole nation (masses of them) will be restored and saved, brought back to God because of the godliness of the forefathers and because of God’s promise to the forefathers (see v. 25).
Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (1996). Romans (p. 208). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide.
Scripture is not talking about practical, day-to-day holiness. There have been few Jews—just as there have always been few Gentiles—who have lived holy lives. But Israel was initially chosen by God to be His witness upon earth: chosen to be His representative nation to bear testimony for Him. The first fathers of the nation believed God and lived lives of faith, and a few Jews have continued to serve God down through the generations of every century. God very clearly says that because of the holiness of these few, He cares for the nation as a whole—for the whole lump. What this means is this: because of the holy lives of the few, God looks with favor upon the nation. It does not mean that He saves everyone in the nation, but rather, He blesses the nation (all those who live around the followers of God). Those who live holy lives bring godly blessings upon all who surround them and who succeed from them. Many of Israel will be blessed by God and restored because of the nation’s godly patriarchs.
Israel’s forefathers, that is, the patriarchs, passed down a heritage of holiness. This is an extremely important verse in dealing with the restoration of Israel. God gives two pictures to show that Israel can never be totally or finally rejected. Both pictures have to do with the firstfruits.
Leadership Ministries Worldwide. (1996). Romans (p. 208). Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide.
Scripture is not talking about practical, day-to-day holiness. There have been few Jews—just as there have always been few Gentiles—who have lived holy lives. But Israel was initially chosen by God to be His witness upon earth: chosen to be His federal nation or His representative nation to bear testimony for Him. The first fathers of the nation believed God and lived lives of faith, and a few Jews have continued to serve God down through the generations of every century. God very clearly says that because of the holiness of these few, He cares for the nation as a whole—for the whole lump. What this means is this: because of the holy lives of the few, God looks with favor upon the nation. It does not mean that He saves everyone in the nation, but rather, He blesses the nation (all those who live around the followers of God). Those who live holy lives bring godly blessings upon all who surround them and who succeed from them. Many of Israel will be blessed by God and restored because of the nation’s godly patriarchs.

Lessons Learned

God’s commitment to restore man is unwavering and persistent and will be seen to come through in the end. God’s commitment is offered to all but not all will also commit back to His offer of salvation.
God’s sovereignty operates through human relationships and achievements. God accomplishes His purposes through the influence of godly parents, forefathers, and nations upon children and succeeding generations. It is important for every parent and generation to live godly lives.
Note the influence of godly parents, forefathers, and nations upon children and succeeding generations. It is important for every parent and generation to live godly lives.
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