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Today's Bible Study

The Wild Olive

Romans 11:17-18

17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.


Paul wanted the Gentiles to be careful not to be too full of themselves over the fact that they were now children of the kingdom while many Jews were excluded by their own unbelief. So he continues this horticultural analogy that he began in the previous verse. Both he and most of the people of Rome knew all about growing olive trees. It was probably common knowledge that you did not normally graft a branch from a wild olive tree onto a cultivated tree. You graft the good branch onto the wild olive tree.

"Your wild ('bad') olive trees may produce tiny fruit with big stones and a thin layer of bitter-tasting flesh but they have great root systems. So farmers have learnt to graft the productive branches (giving the best quality olives) onto the most effective root systems (able to access all of the plants needs) and so produce a highly productive tree which is able to grow well in poor conditions." (by Dan Metcalfe, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 14 February 2011; http://www.askabiologist.org.uk/answers/viewtopic.php?id=5475)

Thus, the Gentiles, being branches from the wild olive tree, were grafted in place of the branches of Israel that had been broken off. They therefore were partakers of the root (i.e. Abraham and his seed, Jesus Christ) and the fatness of the tree, but this was a highly irregular and unnatural procedure. It left them with nothing to brag about. A husbandman had to do the grafting; they could not graft themselves onto the tree.     Read More

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