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Here’s the NET Bible translation of today’s text:
11:25 For I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: A partial hardening has happened to Israel until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion;
he will remove ungodliness from Jacob.
11:27 And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
The main idea of this passage focuses on the present and future condition of the Israelites, who–due to their rebellion–have been sidelined for now, giving the Gentiles a chance to play in the game. (I know that me using a sports analogy will come as surprise to you who know me, but it fits well!)
But I want to focus on verse 25, particularly the phrase, “until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.” I’m thinking about that and its relevance to me–a Gentile. It seems we are privileged to live in a window of time where the invitation for us misfits to play in the game is wide open to us.
Once this mysterious “fullness of the Gentiles” has been fulfilled the Jews will be invited back in the game and the end will come.
I’m thinking about how thankful we Gentiles should be to be living during this time in history when we’re allowed to play despite our lack of qualification. Thank you Lord for your grace upon us!