Did God Reject His People?
A Sermon on Romans 11:1-4
The Remnant of Israel
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God's reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” (ESV)
The rejection of Israel not total; arguments showing this to be the case; the first considered; Paul's own conversion; the identity of God's people in verses 1-2.