Read Romans 11:17-24
Verse 18 explains that we should not boast about our position in God’s family. We did nothing to deserve it.
Verse 20 reminds us of where we have come from in the early chapters- it all boils down to faith verses unbelief. God desires faith and rewards faith with righteousness.
- Explain Paul’s visual aid.
- How is God both kind and stern?
I was doing some reading about grafting branches together. This sentence caught my eye: “In grafting, the injured tissue of one vine heals to the injured tissue of another.”
I love the picture of God taking us who were injured from our separation from Him and our living in a fallen world, and grafts us into a vine injured by disbelief. Many times grafting is used to produce better fruit or a stronger vine. God is after showing His glory throughout the generations and we are a part of that. Ultimately we should be grateful to be grafted into this family of faith started by Abraham. Neither the Israelites, or us, deserve the righteousness, the peace, the riches that we have been given. Blessed we are.
WEEK 3: MEMORY VERSE
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!