TO ALL MY PRECIOUS READERS
You are all exceptional people. Despite all the distractions that demand your attention each day, you still stop and take time to study your Bible. I’m sure our heavenly Father looks down and smiles each time He sees you reading His word. I’m sure it brings joy to His heart.
In fact, the Scriptures say that you are a blessed person because your delight is in the Word of God.1 In other words, it makes you happy when you open the pages of the Bible and let the words penetrate your heart and mind. You are like the Psalmist who said that God’s Word was like a lamp to his feet and a light on his pathway.2 The same writer went on to ask God to open his eyes so that he could see the wonderful things contained in His Word.3 But he wasn’t finished, he prayed to the Lord and told Him that this was his way of seeking to know Him better so that by having His Word stored up in his heart it would give him strength to avoid doing anything that displeased his Lord and Master. That’s why I’m so proud of all of you!
We will continue our study of Romans by taking a walk through Chapter 11. As a teacher, I can tell you that this chapter would not speak to you so insightfully if you had not already read Chapters 9 & 10. They are an introduction to what Paul is going to say now to the Church in Rome. That’s why I’m so excited to begin our lesson on this important part of Paul’s message to God’s people. He starts by informing his fellow Jews that in spite of their being a disobedient and contrary people, God has not thrown them away as defective and unusable.
This provides a lesson for us today to see that no matter how long we’ve served the Lord as His children, the danger of growing cold and getting away from His guidance and direction is a constant, daily threat. Yes, there have been times when God allowed us to stray from His Light, but it was all done to teach us a lesson. No matter how far astray we went, He was right behind us, ready to embrace us when we turned around to answer His call to come back to Him.
Remember, when we were grafted into the original vine in order to partake in all of God’s promises that He made to His people, that grafting was necessary because without being in Him we would not be able to survive the storms and diseases of life. If you still call yourself a Christian and are a true follower of Jesus Christ, it’s not because of your strength you made it, it’s because of His Strength, His Love, His Kindness, His Mercy and His Forgiveness.
So I’m excited to start our exploration of Romans 11. But I’m just as excited that you are walking along with me. And since the Holy Spirit is our constant comforter and guide, we will discover some things we never knew before. How exhilarating is that! God bless you for your willingness to make God’s Word an important part of your life. – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 Psalm 1:2
2 Ibid. 119:105
3 Ibid. 119:18