God Harden Israel Himself to Send Forth the Gospel to YouPosted: December 10, 2009
The Apostasy of Israel and the Mission to the Gentiles. Many at times have no idea in how God bought forth redemption to the Gentiles. However Romans 11 shows the beauty of the Gospel in that God harden His own nation of Israel so that the Gentiles may know, see, hear, taste and partake in the Gospel – that they might become apart of Israel as well.
Romans 9:6-13 states,
“But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”