I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew.Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.
7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened, 8 as it is written:
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that could not see
and ears that could not hear,
to this very day.”[c]
9 And David says:
“May their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,
and their backs be bent forever.” Romans 11:1-10
There is a remnant of Jews upon the earth who shall come to Jesus Christ. Many of these will not come to Christ until the time of the tribulation. During the seven year tribulation it will begin with the nation of Israel signing a seven year peace accord with the anti-Christ. They will believe him to be the messiah they have waited for because to them he will be a conquering king like king David. But in the middle of the seven year tribulation the anti-Christ will set up the abomination that causes desolation in the temple. He will erect a statue of himself and at this point those Jews who are part of the remnant will come to understand and see that this is not the messiah and their hearts will be open to see and understand that Jesus was indeed the long awaited Messiah.
At the present time there are many Jewish people whose hearts have been hardened to the gospel. But this doesn’t mean as the body of Christ that we should stop planting seeds and that we should stop praying for the nation of Israel. On the contrary we should be praying for the nation of Israel daily that the Lord’s hand and protection be upon Israel and that the hand and work of the enemy be bound.
We who are in Christ have the awesome privilege to know the Lord personally. We are saved by the grace and mercy of God. We should begin each day with simple thanks and praise to be able to awake each day knowing the creator of all things. Jesus didn’t have to choose the cross but He did so out of the love He had for us. It was His love for us that held Him to the cross because at any time He could have called upon legion upon legion of angels to come and pull Him from the cross. But He chose the cross because of the love He has for us. Let us keep our hearts focused daily upon Jesus and understand that He understands our weakness and He understands our struggles. He walks with us through all things, He cries with us when we are suffering, and He strengthens us for victory. Let your heart not be troubled but keep your heart focused on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.