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Romans Chapter 11
"I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin".
aul says, 'I say
], meaning accordingly or consequently. This because in chapters nine andten, he had many things to say which are disturbing about the nation of Israel, their disobedience, the Jewsobstinacy, and their standing with God. The phrase, I say then, or I say subsequently, is in reference tothese preceding chapters where Paul was explaining how God called not only the Jews, but also theGentiles (9:24). He is explaining how these who were not His people, are now called His people, and howIsaiah also cried concerning Israel, that though their number be as the sand of the sea, yet only a 'remnant'should be Saved (9:27). He spoke of how the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, haveattained righteousness, but how that Israel, which followed after the law, have not attained torighteousness (9:30-31). And in chapter 10 he continued in the same vein explaining how his prayer wasthat Israel might be saved, but how they are ignorant of the righteousness of Christ (10:1-4), and howthere is 'no difference' between the Jew and the Greek (10:12). He writes how whosoever should call uponthe name of God will be Saved, regardless. Chapter ten concludes with Isaiah's prophesy which spoke of this, saying, '
I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me, but to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people (10:20-21)
.' So the truth is that God is a light found of the Gentiles, while the nation Israel, havingbeen judged of God, lies in darkness.After addressing Israel's fall in chapters nine and ten, Paul turns to the subject of what this means withregards to the promises made. It is in this context that the rhetorical question is asked, '
so consequently,has God cast off His people
?' And Paul answers clearly, No, God hasn't cast off Israel, because he himself is an Israelite and God has not cast him off. By saying this he proves by his own example howunreasonable it would be to conclude the nation Israel was cast off. For he himself is an Israelite, thus theconclusion is proven false.Not only an Israelite, but Paul gets right down to his very tribe declaring that he is of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. The Hebrew word Benjamin [
] means, "son of the righthand." And the families of God, through Christ, are sons of the right hand, even as Christ ascended to theright hand of the Father.
"And of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; and the LORDshall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders."The beloved of the lord dwells in safety by Him because Christ dwells at the right hand of the father, andthey in Christ. It is in the true Son of the right hand, that the promises to the Children of God are fulfilled.The right hand is the favored one. Just as today, most people are right-handed, or favor their right hand.We are the sons of favor, through Christ. By Paul mentioning He is of the tribe of Benjamin, He isproving that he is one of the children of Israel, the chosen of God, and yet he has not been cast off.Therefore, this proves that the promise was not abrogated. This is an important declaration, because it isdeclaring that the promise is sure and Israel is being saved in the prophesied remnant, of which he himself