The Olive Tree
A Sermon on Romans 11:16-17
If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, (ESV)
Meaning of the 'olive tree'; the people of God; the spiritual nation; not the natural; continuity of Old and New Testaments; blessings obtained by faith; the Jews' position special but not separate.