I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace Romans 11:1-6
I am constantly amazed at how many people want to do away with God’s grace and replace it with works. Now in some ways I can understand first century Jews doing this. They had gotten so intent on following not only God’s law but all the myriad manmade laws that they surrounded the law that they lost sight of what God wanted. Of course they also had Jesus in their midst working miracles and teaching the good news so they still should have followed Him. We tend to cling to our preconceptions even when faced with evidence to the contrary.
Still, even though they rejected Jesus, God still loves the Jews. They are still His chosen people. No matter how far Israel fell from God there was still a small number who remained faithful. Elijah was so troubled by what he saw in Israel that he wanted God to destroy them. I have to admit that I probably would have felt the same way. To see your fellow prophets killed. To see the chosen people turn from God to worship a false god. How could I not want them to be punished? Yet God knew that there were a faithful few.
Just as in Elijah’s time there is still a remnant that follows God. God will never forget His chosen People and no matter how far most of the get from God there will always be a few that follow God. For them God’s grace is there for the taking.
Have a blessed day,