1.    What is the present condition of Israel?

“What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded,” Romans 11:7.

2.    What was the result of this blindness?

“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,” verse 11.

3.    What benefits do the Gentiles draw from this loss?

“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?” verse 12.

4.    What figure is used to represent the Jewish people?

“The Lord called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit,” Jeremiah 11:16.

5.    What happened to this tree when the Jews rejected Christ?

“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree,” Romans 11:17.

6.    Why were they broken off?

“Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high minded, but fear,” verse 20.

7.    What words of caution does Paul give the Gentile world?

“For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee,” verse 21.

8.    Are the Jews denied the gospel?

“And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again,” verse 23.

9.    For how long a time will the Jews continue in this blinded condition?

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in,” verse 25.

10.    What will be the result when this blindness is taken away?

“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,” verse 26.

11.    When the kingdom of God is established what provision is made for Israel?

“Then answered Peter and said unto Him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed Thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel,” Matthew 19:27, 28.

Long has the tree been barren,

Lacking in leaf and fruit;

With branches withered and sapless,

Dried and dead from the root.

Weary and long was the winter

And earth was stormy and drear;

But now the tree grows tender,

And we know that summer is near.

For lo! In the withered branches

The sap begins to flow,

The boughs grow soft and supple

And the first green leaf-buds blow.

The tree of the Lord’s own planting,

True Branch of David’s Root;

Soon shall it bud and blossom

And fill the world with fruit.

_In Jewish Era of October 1919

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