Yesterday was sort of bad news so I'm glad you came back for the Good News.
Malachi 3:5 says "I Am the Lord, I do not change..."
Romans 11:11 "I say then, have they (Israel) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches."
God is like the wisest of parents. Yesterday we saw that God allows us to have and/or do what we want even when He knows it will harm us? Why?
A loving parent only withholds the bad stuff. All restrictions are for the good of their children and all rules for their protection. However a wise and loving parent knows there are times when a determined will must be freed to pursue it's own course. We saw yesterday that Israel was determined to have a king and God permitted it against what He knew was best. He did it so that what they wouldn't learn through simple trust they might learn through experience.
Sometimes children (and adults) need to taste the bitter fruit of their own warped desires to truly learn that "Father knows best".
In today's passage we see God is applying this principle. He has made Israel free to reject His Son and now He is blessing the believing "heathen gentiles" so that Israel can see that rejecting Jesus was the wrong choice.
God's rejection of Israel was not for their destruction but rather for their salvation because everything God does is designed to lead us Home. Why? Because He is God and His love for us never changes.
See you tomorrow! smile emoticon