Romans 10:20-11:10 “Remnant”

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Elijah had just experienced a great victory against the prophets of Ba’al, seeing it’s prophets destroyed and it’s alters torn down.  Just when the reader would think that he was set for life, the wicked queen Jezebel puts a bounty on his life. Scripture records Elijah’s deep struggles with God, feeling like He has abandoned Elijah with nowhere else to turn.  God responds by revealing to Elijah the presence of a remnant.

While the reality of God’s choosing these 7,000 people and, in His sovereignty, keeping them “for Himself” has a great deal to do with the concept of Election and grace, it also reminds us of something important: God is always at work.  Though it seems that the whole nation of Israel had turned against God, there was a group that had not. Even today, as we look at the landscape of culture and even the church, when it seems like so many are compromising and turning away, God is still at work in and through those that He has called to Himself.

Questions to take home:

  1. 1 Kings 18-19 provides the context for the references Paul makes in Romans 11.  Read them. What jumps out at you? Can you relate to how Elijah feels in chapter 19?  How does God’s response there make you think differently about your difficult life situations?
  2. In Paul’s continuing discussion about Israel and Jesus, he makes the point here that, despite the Jew’s rejection of Jesus, God has not rejected them.  Salvation is available to them and God is still at work. How does this relate to you? Do you have people in your life that you are longing to see come to Jesus?  How does this message comfort you? What are you going to do about it?
  3. All of this, Paul reminds us, is a work of the grace of God and His commitment to fulfilling His promises.  Read 2 Corinthians 1:20-22. How does this statement relate to the rest of what Paul is saying here? What does this mean for your life in Christ?