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The Lord’s Day

April 26, 2015

sermonaudioerbc“The Family-Part 7” (CE lesson) and “The Stumbling of Israel” – Romans 11:11-15 (sermon) are available on SermonAudio. This morning’s Scripture readings and sermon details follow.


God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

READING OF THE LAW: Isaiah 60:1-3

Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.

Commentary: Isaiah speaks of a time when, after darkness has covered the land and people, when God’s light will yet shine brightly, drawing the Gentiles to it. Here, the sins of Israel are not overlooked, but punished with darkness. Yet, out of that, God is able to bring a light which draws all nations to it.


So when the Jews went out of the synagogue, the Gentiles begged that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us:
‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles,
That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Commentary: Paul explained that the gospel was to be preached to the Jews first, but when they rejected the message the gospel was preached to the Gentiles. This is an example in history about which Paul is writing in Romans 11. The gospel is preached to the Jews first (who have a covenantal priority) but in their rejection, the Gentiles hear and receive the gospel according to Gods electing purposes. When the Gentiles heard this they rejoiced, and as many as were appointed to eternal life were saved.

SERMON: “The Stumbling of Israel” – Romans 11:11-15

I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? (NKJV)

Summary: Paul now shows that Israel’s rejection of Messiah and her subsequent rejection of the gospel (for the most part) was not without purpose. In fact, God had sovereignly ordained Israel’s “stumbling” as a means of bringing the gospel to all – Jew and Gentile alike. God’s purposes are carried out even in the rejection of the gospel.

BENEDICTORY READING: Colossians 1:19-22

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— (NKJV)

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