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“A Bible, a Bible, we have got a Bible and there cannot be any more Bible!”
In his epistle to the Romans, Chapter 11, the apostle Paul tries to explain to them that they, the nations of the Gentiles, were graffed into the tree of the house of Israel, while the tree’s natural branches, the nations of the Jews, were cut off.
Of course, the branches of the Jews were cut out of the natural, domesticated, or tame, olive tree because of their unbelief, while the branches of the Gentiles, whose mother trees were wild by nature, were grafted into the tame tree, because of their belief in Christ.
But as the prophets explained extensively, the day would come when the times of the Gentiles would be fulfilled, and in that day the Lord would set his hand again, the second time, to recover his people. He would graft them into their mother tree again, in the day when he would bind up the breach of his people and heal the stroke of their wound. As the apostle Paul assures us, he is able to graff them in again.
What the apostle didn’t explain about this allegory of the olive tree is that it’s really an allegory of an entire orchard of olive trees, not just a solitary tree. What is important to understand is that the branches that were cut off the tame mother tree, were subsequently planted elsewhere in the orchard, in order to preserve them.