16 Now if the hallah offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole loaf. And if the root is holy, so are the branches.
17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you — a wild olive — were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree,
18 then don’t boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you.
19 So you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”
20 True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don’t be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified!
21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won’t spare you!
22 So take a good look at God’s kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God’s kindness toward you — provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off!
23 Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in.
24 For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree!
Roots - we should all have an idea of where we come from. As spiritual people we should know that we have grafted into a people group - God's chosen people - the Jews. This understanding SHOULD make a difference in our lives.
I was listening to a podcast yesterday and this person said that there are 45,000 different "Christian" denominations in the world. According to research done, yep...
These statistics make me sick. So frustrating to know that we are so divided. What does the Bible say about a house that is divided??? It will FALL.
Stand on HIM friends. Learn to LISTEN to Him. Know where you come from. Hopefully it helps you know where to go (His Word is a Lamp to your feet and a Light to your path).
Love your neighbor as yourself,