I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles.
So why has God blinded the vast majority of His people to the truth of the gospel to this very day? Paul gives the answer in this same verse above.
Many unbelieving Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, think that God has rejected the Gentiles, and that they are an unholy people. Unbelieving Jews will be provoked to jealousy when they come to realise that their God has chosen a number of Gentiles before them and in favour of them. This jealousy is a holy jealousy, which will cause Jewish unbelievers to want the same salvation as the Gentile Elect.
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