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  • Grafting~Unknown Author

    1 posts, 1 voices, 454 views, started Nov 30, 2010

    Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 by Denise Richardson

    • Diamond

      Grafting ~  Nov. 30, 2010

      Romans 11:7

      When I was growing up, in South Florida, my  mother did something I
      thought was  

      rather strange and useless. She called it grafting, and today "grafting"
      has an entirely  

      new meaning for me.
      We had hibiscus bushes behind our house, and each spring mother would
      start her  

      procedure with them. She began by placing some moss on the stalk of the
      bush and  

      wrapping it in saran wrap. She would check the progress regularly,
      making sure the  

      saran wrap had not fallen, that the moss  was moist, and no bugs had
      gotten in her  

      graft.  After a certain amount of time, the graft would be complete.
      Eventually, when  

      the time was right, she would cut the graft and from ita new plant would
      begin. The  

      same was possible to do if she wanted to add a graft to the existing
      plant.  She would  

      carefully follow the program and graft  something into the hibiscus.
      The new shoot  

      would thrive and grow out of the nourishment sent from the main stem of
      the bush.
      In Romans 11:7 Paul compares the Gentiles to a wild olive shoot, grafted
      into an olive  

      tree. The trunk of the olive tree symbolizes Abraham who was the father
      of the  

      Hebrew nation. The dead wood represented the Jews, and as they chose  to
      turn their  

      hearts from the Gospel, they were pruned away. The newly grafted
      Gentiles "took"  

      when we believed the Good News of Christ, as Paul spread it throughout
      the early  

      Christian church.
      As Christians, we need to be mindful of our Hebrew heritage. We also
      are from the  

      seed of  Abraham, father of our faith.  We must be humble and mindful
      that the trunk  

      of the tree conducts the nourishment into the new branches, but the

      comes from the root—that  is God, the Father, Son and Hold Spirit.

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