Huruma Ya Mungu Kwa Waisraeli

11 Kwa hiyo nauliza, je, Mungu amewakataa watu wake? La, sivyo. Mimi mwenyewe ni Mwisraeli, wa uzao wa Ibrahimu na wa kabila la Benjamini. Mungu hajawakataa watu wake ambao aliwajua tokea mwanzo. Hamfahamu Maandiko yanavyosema kuhusu Eliya, jinsi alivyomlalamikia Mungu kuhusu Waisraeli akisema, “Bwana, wamewaua manabii wako na kuziharibu madhabahu zako, nimebaki mimi peke yangu, nao wanataka kuniua? Na Mungu alimjibuje? “Nime bakiza kwa ajili yangu watu elfu saba ambao hawajapiga magoti kumwabudu Baali.” Ndivyo ilivyo hata sasa; wapo wachache wal iosalia ambao Mungu amewachagua kwa neema yake. Lakini ikiwa wamechaguliwa kwa neema, haiwezekani tena wakachaguliwa kwa msingi wa matendo. Kama ingekuwa hivyo, neema isingekuwa neema tena.

Tusemeje basi? Waisraeli walishindwa kupata kile ambacho walikitafutakwa bidii. Lakini waliochaguliwa walikipata. Wa liobaki walifanywa wagumu, kama Maandiko yasemavyo, “Mungu ali wapa mioyo mizito, na macho ambayo hayawezi kuona, na masikio ambayo hayawezi kusikia, hata mpaka leo.” Naye Daudi anasema: “Karamu zao na ziwe mtego wa kuwanasa, na kitu cha kuwakwaza waanguke na kuadhibiwa, 10 Macho yao yatiwe giza ili wasiweze kuona, na migongo yao ipinde kwa taabu daima.”

Kurejeshwa Kwa Waisraeli

11 Nauliza tena, je, Waisraeli walipojikwaa walianguka na kuangamia kabisa? La sivyo! Lakini kwa sababu ya uhalifu wao, wokovu umewafikia watu wa mataifa mengine, ili Waisraeli waone wivu. 12 Ikiwa uhalifu wao umeleta utajiri mkubwa kwa ulimwe ngu, na kama kuanguka kwao kumeleta utajiri kwa watu wasiomjua Mungu, basi Waisraeli wote watakapoongoka itakuwa ni baraka kub wa zaidi.

13 Sasa ninasema nanyi watu wa mataifa mengine. Mimi ni mtume kwa watu wa mataifa na ninajivunia huduma hiyo 14 ili kuwafanya Wayahudi wenzangu waone wivu, na hivyo niwaokoe baadhi yao. 15 Kwa kuwa ikiwa kukataliwa kwao kumefanya ulimwengu wote upatanishwe na Mungu, kuokolewa kwao je, si kutakuwa ni uhai kutoka kwa wafu? 16 Na kama sehemu ya kwanza ya unga ulioumuliwa ni wakfu, basi unga wote ni wakfu; na kama shina ni wakfu, matawi nayo yatakuwa wakfu.

17 Lakini kama baadhi ya matawi yamekatwa, na ninyi kama mizeituni mwitu mkapandwa katika shina, mkashiriki pamoja na matawi mengine chakula kutoka katika shina la mzeituni, 18 msi jivune mbele ya hayo matawi. Kama mkijisifu mkumbuke kuwa si ninyi mnaoshikilia shina, bali ni shina linalowashikilia ninyi. 19 Pengine mtasema, “Matawi yalikatwa ili nipate nafasi ya kupandikizwa katika shina.” 20 Hii ni kweli. Lakini kumbuka kuwa matawi hayo yalikatwa kwa sababu ya kutokuamini; na wewe umesimama imara kwa sababu ya imani. Kwa hiyo usijisifu, bali ujinyenyekeze na kuogopa. 21 Kwa maana kama Mungu hakuyahurumia matawi ya asili, hatakuacha wewe, atakuondoa. 22 Tafakari basi kuhusu wema na ukali wa Mungu. Yeye ni mkali kwa wale walio anguka, bali amekuonyesha wewe wema wake, kama utadumu katika wema wake. Vinginevyo, na wewe utakatiliwa mbali. 23 Na hata hao Waisraeli, kama wakiacha kudumu katika kutokuamini kwao, atawar udisha kwenye shina, kwa maana Mungu anao uwezo wa kuwarejesha. 24 Ikiwa ninyi mmekatwa kutoka katika mizeituni mwitu, na ki nyume cha asilia mkapandikizwa kwenye mzeituni uliopandwa, ita kuwa ni rahisi kiasi gani matawi haya ya asili kurejeshwa kwenye shina lake?

Huruma Ya Mungu Ni Kwa Wote

25 Ndugu zangu, napenda mfahamu siri hii, msije mkaanza kujiona. Waisraeli wamekuwa na mioyo migumu kwa kiasi fulani mpaka idadi kamili ya watu wa mataifa mengine watakapoamini. 26 Na ndipo Waisrael wote wataokoka kama ilivyoandikwa, “Mko mbozi atakuja kutoka Sayuni, na kuuondoa uasi wote kutoka katika uzao wa Yakobo. 27 Na hii itakuwa ni agano langu nao, nitakapoondoa dhambi zao.”

28 Basi Waisraeli ni maadui wa Mungu kwa sababu ya Injili. Hii ni kwa faida yenu. Lakini kuhusu uchaguzi, Waisraeli bado ni wapendwa wa Mungu kwa sababu ya ahadi yake kwa Abrahmu, Isaki na Yakobo. 29 Kwa maana karama za Mungu na wito wake hazifutiki. 30 Kama ninyi zamani mlivyokuwa mmemwasi Mungu na sasa mmepokea rehema kwa sababu ya kutokutii kwao, 31 hivyo nao Waisraeli wamekuwa waasi kwa ajili ya rehema mliyopata kutoka kwa Mungu, ili wao pia wapate rehema. 32 Kwa maana Mungu amewaachia wana damu wote wawe katika uasi, ili aweze kuwahurumia wote.

Wimbo Wa Shukrani

33 Jinsi utajiri wa Mungu ulivyo mkuu! Hekima yake na maarifa yake hayana mwisho. Njia zake na maamuzi yake hayachu nguziki! 34 Kwa maana ni nani amepata kufahamu mawazo ya Mungu au kuwa mshauri wake? 35 Au ni nani amewahi kumpa cho chote ili arudishiwe? 36 Kwa maana vitu vyote vyatoka kwake na vipo kwa ajili yake na vyote vinadumu kwake. Utukufu ni wake milele. Amina.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu (SNT)

Copyright © 1989 by Biblica

The Remnant of Israel

11 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means!(A) I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham,(B) from the tribe of Benjamin.(C) God did not reject his people,(D) whom he foreknew.(E) Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”[a]?(F) And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b](G) So too, at the present time there is a remnant(H) chosen by grace.(I) And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works;(J) if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain.(K) The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,(L) as it is written:

“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
    eyes that could not see
    and ears that could not hear,(M)
to this very day.”[c](N)

And David says:

“May their table become a snare and a trap,
    a stumbling block and a retribution for them.
10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see,(O)
    and their backs be bent forever.”[d](P)

Ingrafted Branches

11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all!(Q) Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles(R) to make Israel envious.(S) 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles,(T) how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!

13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,(U) I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy(V) and save(W) some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation(X) to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?(Y) 16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits(Z) is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 If some of the branches have been broken off,(AA) and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others(AB) and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.(AC) 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.(AD) Do not be arrogant,(AE) but tremble.(AF) 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

22 Consider therefore the kindness(AG) and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue(AH) in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.(AI) 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.(AJ) 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree,(AK) how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!

All Israel Will Be Saved

25 I do not want you to be ignorant(AL) of this mystery,(AM) brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited:(AN) Israel has experienced a hardening(AO) in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,(AP) 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved.(AQ) As it is written:

“The deliverer will come from Zion;
    he will turn godlessness away from Jacob.
27 And this is[f] my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”[g](AR)

28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies(AS) for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs,(AT) 29 for God’s gifts and his call(AU) are irrevocable.(AV) 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient(AW) to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now[h] receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience(AX) so that he may have mercy on them all.

Doxology

33 Oh, the depth of the riches(AY) of the wisdom and[i] knowledge of God!(AZ)
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!(BA)
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”[j](BB)
35 “Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”[k](BC)
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.(BD)
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.(BE)

Footnotes

  1. Romans 11:3 1 Kings 19:10,14
  2. Romans 11:4 1 Kings 19:18
  3. Romans 11:8 Deut. 29:4; Isaiah 29:10
  4. Romans 11:10 Psalm 69:22,23
  5. Romans 11:26 Or and so
  6. Romans 11:27 Or will be
  7. Romans 11:27 Isaiah 59:20,21; 27:9 (see Septuagint); Jer. 31:33,34
  8. Romans 11:31 Some manuscripts do not have now.
  9. Romans 11:33 Or riches and the wisdom and the
  10. Romans 11:34 Isaiah 40:13
  11. Romans 11:35 Job 41:11
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