So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean! Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Romans 11:11-16
There is an old saying that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Well, God is a lemonade maker extraordinaire. We keep giving Him lemons and He keeps turning them into the most delicious lemonade. The Jews had what they thought was a lemon. A rabble rousing man who made the preposterous claim to be God’s Son. So they rejected the Messiah that they had been waiting on for over a thousand years. What did God do? He made lemonade. He sent Paul and Peter to the Gentiles. And the Messiah that God’s people rejected became the salvation of the world. God used Paul and Peter to seek out His people from all over the world. No longer limited to one people, the Gospel spread like wildfire.
Now don’t get me wrong, God did not change His plan. He knew all along how the Jewish priest and leader would react to Jesus. Before the foundations of the earth were laid He knew He would send Paul to the Gentiles and then later would send Peter also. We never surprise God. We many times disappoint Him, but we never surprise Him.
What about this making the Jews jealous? I think it is that they will see what we have and want it for themselves. They will realize that their Messiah had already come and will finally follow Him. Will all Jews recognize this and want it? Of course not. They are no different than the rest of us. Most will refuse to believe and take the path to destruction. But some will believe and take the path of life. And through the Jews the Gentile are saved.
Have a blessed day,