Day 5 Read: Romans 11:11-12
So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
Reflect: What is the purpose of Israel’s stumbling according to verse 11? How does the salvation of the Gentiles work toward Israel’s good in the long run?
Consider: Israel has stumbled over Christ, but it has not fallen down completely so that it cannot regain its footing. Indeed, its stumbling has been providential in that apostles turned from them to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. Yet Paul looks forward to a time in which Israel will recover its footing, Israel’s disbelief will disappear, and its trespass will be no more.5
Respond: How does Paul reason from the good news of the lesser reality to the better news of the greater reality in verse 12? What does this passage teach us about God’s trustworthy character and the nature of living by faith rather than by sight? (2 Corinthians 5:7)
5 Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J., Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, vol. 33, Anchor Yale Bible (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2008), 611.