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Matthew 15:21-28
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

(NIV)

21 Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.


Isaiah 5:1-9
The Song of The Vineyard

(The Voice)

Let me now sing for my dear friend,
    a love song about his vineyard.
My friend, whom I dearly love,
    had a vineyard on a fertile hill.
2 He labored to prepare the ground, tilling the soil and digging out rocks,
    and then he planted it with the best plants he could find.
In its midst, he built a watchtower over it
    and cut out a winepress in the hill nearby;
Then he waited, hoping it would be bountiful.
    But the vineyard produced only wild, bitter grapes.

3 Eternal One: That’s it. Enough. Now, you who live in My special city,Jerusalem,
        you people of this choice country, Judah,
    Who’s in the right—Me or My vineyard?
4     What else could I possibly have done to make it flourish?
        Why, when I had every reason to expect great beauty and bushels of grapes,
    Did it yield only wild, bitter fruit?

5     I’ll tell you what I’m going to do,
        what I’ve determined to do to My vineyard:
    I’m going to take away its protective fence
        and let the deer, raccoons, and rabbits devour it.
    I’ll break down its wall,
        let the vines be eaten and trampled.
6     I will set it up for destruction—
        do no pruning, no tilling—
    And it will be overrun with nasty briars and thornbushes.
        I will even order the clouds not to water it.

7 See here, the vineyard of the Eternal, the Commander of heavenlyarmies,
    is the house of Israel, His special people.
And the shoots and buds He nursed so lovingly along
    are the people of this choice country, Judah.
He expected a paragon of justice and righteousness—
    but everywhere injustice runs bloodred in the streets, and cries echo in the city!
8 Oh, how bad for those who hoard property and wealth,
    buying up houses and fields, right and left,
Until there is no place left for anyone else;
    you will find yourselves very alone in the midst of this great land!
9 I was there when the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies, told us what to expect.


Romans 11:1-2a, 13-20, 25-32
The Mystery of Salvation

I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham,a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew......

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead? 16 If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root[c]of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear......

25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers:[d] a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in 26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
    he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
27 “and this will be my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”

28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts andthe calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now[e] receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

How Unsearchable are His Judgments

In the church, Romans 11 can sometimes get lost in the forest because we cant look past all the trees.

Romans 11:33-36

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
   or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
   that he might be repaid?”
36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Paul has been getting us that Benediction for the last 3 chapters,

We have to take a step back and see what Paul is actually saying here in Romans 11

  1. Chapter 9 of Romans helps us see the plan of God in Genesis and Exodus

    1. Abraham: Genesis 12-24
    2. Jacob: Genesis 27-35
    3. Moses and Pharaoh: Exodus 
    4. Romans 9:16-18
      1. 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,[a] but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

God shows his grace through the disobedient and the hardened heart.


  1. Chapter 10 of Romans helps us answer the question of who is actually part of the promise. 

    1. Jews who have rejected the promise by looking at what they have to do to be saved rather than looking to God. 
    2. Gentiles who have now accepted the promise
    3. The answer is God Shows mercy on who he shows mercy

God shows his grace through the disobedient and the hardened heart.


Romans 11 shows us that there is much more going on than just ourselves

11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion[b] mean!

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root[c]of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”20 That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.23 And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.

Romans 11:30-31

30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now[a] receive mercy.

  1. We must remember that there are going to be times when we think we are completely right and we are just completely wrong.

    1. There are going to be times when we have a heard heart.  

    2. There are going to be times when our neighbor has a heard heart.  


God shows his grace through the disobedient and the hardened heart.


The way to the cross is through the disobedient and hardened heart. 

Romans 11 Benediction. 

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
    or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
    that he might be repaid?”

36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Every Other Sunday
Womens Prayer and Share
Coli Escher
coliescher@gmail.com
Every Other Tuesday
Schommer House Group
Sean Schommer 
sdschommer@gmail.com
Wed. 6:15pm at Church
Matt Yeager 
matthew.yeager@gmail.com
Fri. 7am at Panera 
Nick Koehler
nickalankoehler@yahoo.com

What’s Happening 
This Week:
6:30pm Tuesday

Schommer BBQ
6:30am Wednesday
Devotion @ Braums
6:15 pm Wednesday
Adult and kids classes
7:00 am Friday
Ephesians Study @ Panera
9:00 am Sunday 6/14
Women’s Bible Study
7:00 pm Sunday 6/14
Basketball in the gym

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