THE MYSTERY OF ISRAEL’S BLINDNESS
-Romans 11:25-27 states, … For I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest
you should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles
be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn
away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins …
-The apostle Paul tells us that we are to consider the mystery of Israel’s blindness, not remaining in
ignorance to the fact that they are not forgotten, but that they are still a special people to God, for they shall all be
saved after God’s dealings with them in the ages to come. If we do not understand this mystery we will be wise in our
own conceits. This speaks of being wise in our own eyes, but not having the wisdom of the Lord.
According to Ray Prinzing:
-"Consider the uniqueness of God's operation, "For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that He might
have mercy upon all." [Romans 11: 32]. The Greek word here for "concluded" literally means "shut up together." Israel
was called and chosen to be God's special people, and through whom He would bless all nations. And then comes this rarity
of His operation, He took Israel, scattered her among all nations, hardened their hearts and shut them up in unbelief with
all nations, and then purposes to have MERCY UPON ALL-- upon all Israel, and upon all nations among whom they have
been scattered." ( Whispers Of The Mysteries, Ray Prinzing )
-Why would God operate in this manner concerning His chosen people? Let us consider a few scriptures that do
shed some light on this mystery.
-Romans 11:11,12 states, … I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather
through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches
of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? … Romans 11:15 states,
… For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from
the dead? … Romans 11:26 states, … And so all Israel shall be saved: … Romans 11:30-32 states, … For
as you in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these also now
not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God has concluded them all in unbelief, that He might
have mercy upon all … Romans 11:32 ( Today’s English Version ) states, … FOR GOD HAS MADE ALL PEOPLE PRISONERS
OF DISOBEDIENCE, SO THAT HE MIGHT SHOW MERCY TO THEM ALL …
-CAN YOU SEE IT? DO YOU GRASP IT? The blindness of Israel in part will result in the RECONCILING OF THE WORLD!
Romans 11:33 states, … O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments,
and His ways past finding out! …
-FOR OF HIM, AND THROUGH HIM, AND TO HIM, ARE ALL THINGS: TO WHOM BE GLORY FOREVER.