Roots and Branches
“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 of the olive tree, 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. Then you will say, ‘Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.’” – Romans 11: 17-19
There are times when our arrogance and ego gets the better of us. We begin to speak haughty words or say things that we may not mean even though they may hurt oneself or others. The hope of salvation that occurs through the branch of David is also available to the Gentiles as well. As Paul writes, there is a description of an olive tree that has roots and branches.
This metaphorical olive tree is the representation of Israel as it was initially chosen as the nation that would provide light to the nations. Paul is talking about the Gentiles which were accepting the salvation promised in the Gospel as a way to be included in the righteous branch that salvation belonged to. While there are believers and unbelievers in both Jewish and Gentile individuals, Paul speaks about the ability for those unbelievers to be a part of the righteous branch when they begin to believe again or for the first time.
There are roots of the tree that are supporting the branch that continues to grow. We are reminded to stay humble in the manner in which branches that were once part of the root are no longer part of the root in order to make way for those that are considered believers. We are reminded to remain steady in our faith and care about the significance of being able to be a part of the root that sustains us in our belief.