Election promises

Picked up on the marvel of Paul’s complex theology of Israel again this morning (Rom 11:25 – end in the lectionary).

The notion of divine ‘ordination’ of disobedience or hardening of hearts I leave aside here for the moment. What struck me this morning was that the awful, old Christian arrogance of supercessionism is cut straight through by Paul’s understanding of the everlasting promise to Israel: “the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable”. Those who call upon G-d and follow the torah are assured the promises of old. The fact that we understand Jesus as the Christ does not change this in any way. Praise be to God!

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