May 22: Romans 9-11

-The holy root

Today there is great debate about Paul’s use of the “root” in this passage. An entire movement continues to gain momentum based on the interpretation that the root is Israel.

I disagree.

As Paul continues it is clear that the “root” is God. God is the holy root of the olive tree (Israel.) God is the root from which the olive tree is nourished. God is the root from which both Jews and Gentiles can receive covenant blessings.

Therefore the firstfruit and all succeeding branches will be holy.

Romans 11:16 

For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

PRAY THAT ALL PEOPLE WILL SEEK NOURISHMENT FROM THE HOLY ROOT – GOD.

This triumphal arch (AD 312) celebrates the emperor Constantine and incorporates many previous works of Roman art.
This triumphal arch (AD 312) celebrates the emperor Constantine and incorporates many previous works of Roman art.

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