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Who were "broken off"    - that the Gentiles may be "grafted in?" Romans 11:17

Rom 11:17 "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;"
This article is about the Olive Tree of YHWH, His Israel of faith and the Gentiles who are grafted in and made a part, 'partaking of the root and fatness of the olive tree'.

These 'branches' which were cut off have been recognised, wrongly, as the Jewish nation. The Jewish people were never 'cut off' or disinherited, or, even more drastically, divorced. In fact, if they had been, there would be no Jews today, and there would be no Christians either, as the Christians are completely indebted to the Jewish Nation for the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments. They were made the custodians of these priceless scrolls throughout time.
Although the tribe of Judah (i.e. the Jewish people) along with those of Benjamin and Levi who joined them in the Southern Kingdom (see 'Israel the Beloved') also strayed, and became idolaters, YHWH did not divorce them or send them away to become lost among the nations like He did the Northern Kingdom who never returned to Israel.
Although the Tribe of Judah with Benjamin and Levi also sinned and were severely disciplined by YHWH, after a term of punishment in Babylon they returned to rebuild Jerusalem and again live in Israel where, after much tribulation, they are living today. There have been other dispersions, especially the one in 70 a.d. which have scattered Jews to every point on the globe, but through nothing short of a miracle, the hub of Jewish people live in their God given homeland, Israel today.
There is a difference between Israel and Judah in respect of their judgement for sin. We read about this differentiation in the book of Hosea, which tells us the history of Yahweh's intervention in the birth of his children.
Hos 1:6 "And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away." Then, in verse 7, "But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen."
Eventually there is going to be a restoration of the Northern Kingdom, Israel, and they together with Judah will one day be great once more, and in good standing with YHWH their Elohim.

Rom 11:19 "Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in." Many Christians today are in error when they label the Jewish people as the branches broken off that 'I may be grafted in'. This is the beginning of a heinous philosophy commonly called ' Replacement Theology'. Sadly, many people mistakenly think that the Christian Church has replaced Israel. They don't even acknowledge that they are 'grafted in' to anything, and live completely oblivious of the tree they have now become a part of. Obviously these misguided individuals need to study the whole book.
People think that the Jew has been 'cut off' because they did not believe that Yahshua was the Messiah. Again, the branches which were 'broken off' were broken off because of 'disobedience' and 'unfaithfulness' - so, nothing to do with not recognising Who Yahshua was. Nowhere in the scriptures can we read about Judah being 'cut off' or divorced. Even though they were disciplined drastically, they were never sent away to become assimilated in the nations as the Tribes of the Northern Kingdom were, and even they (the Northern Tribes) will eventually return and be accepted once again by YHWH. (See 'Israel the Beloved') Nowhere do we read that the Christian Church has replaced them.

These verses in Romans 11 which discuss the issue of the branches being broken off are talking specifically about Israel the ten Tribes. The Tribes which were deported to Assyria in 722 BCE.(see 'Israel the Beloved') Yes, these were cut off, yes they were disinherited, divorced because of idolatry and disobedience. These are the 'branches' which have been cut off. Paul, belonging to the Tribe of Judah says this in the second person i.e. 'through their fall' not 'through our fall' - self explanatory. He was Jewish, not of the Tribes. Also, this is true of verse 15, when he again states "For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?"
In verse 17 it says "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;" and Rom 11:20 "Well; because of unbelief they were broken off," He is suggesting here, that they were broken off because of unbelief. This word means 'disobedience' and 'unfaithfulness' suggesting that they had been once faithful, and once obedient, i.e. once a part, belonging, not at all like the Godless Gentile nations.

Also, to further clear up a fallacy re. Israel, where some people are teaching that saved Gentiles are the Ten Tribes, returning. Rom 11:25 "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in." If this were so, then the same people i.e. 'Gentiles' who are made blind are somehow the same as the ones being restored i.e. the fullness of the 'Gentiles'. Of course, this does not make sense at all. And again, It says in Rom 11:30 "For as ye in times past have not believed God, (belief in YHWH) yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:" If the ones being added i.e. now obtaining mercy, were the returning 10 Tribes, then they were being added because of 'their' own unbelief!
Of course, as the Ten Tribes were in fact finally assimilated into the nations and consequently lost their identity, and there are many scriptures which state this (see 'Israel the Beloved') then necessarily as Gentiles from the nations are grafted in through Yahshua, there are probably hosts of former Israelites being swept back into their own Olive Tree along with them, but if (and the scriptures indicate so) they have lost their identity, they no longer know who they are, so whether Gentile or Israelite they both become part of the...

...where (Gal_3:28) "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." For (1Co_12:13) "by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." and (Col_3:11) "Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all." Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
So, in actual fact it matters not what we were, who we were, where we originated, it only matters what we become in the One New Man, Yahshua. We are or have become, a new creation in the world. A called out, holy people whom Yahweh is not ashamed to call His own. All this has been made possible through the death of His Son. In more than one instance the Scriptures indicate that Yahshua is in fact Israel. For example in Isa 49:1-3 it says, "Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified." This scripture strongly suggests that Yahshua is the Root of the Olive Tree, Israel.
Again, in the New Covenant there are indications of this. In Mat_2:15 for example, "And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son." suggesting that Yahshua and Israel are synonymous.- but I stray from my point.
In Eph 2:14 we are told, "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;" and in Eph 2:16 "And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" There is one Body, there is one Messiah, there is one Salvation for all. The Body of Israel, or Messiah is there, throughout the pages of Scripture, and since Yahshua showed Himself in the flesh, and became the sacrifice once and for all, for all, there is opportunity for anyone in any generation to become part of that wondrous Body of people who are Yahweh's own special treasure, who will, one day be presented to Him, one glorious Church, Ekklesia, (Greek) Kahal (the equivalent word in Hebrew O.T.) to be His people forever. There are no separate people, Yahweh's people, His Body, His Israel, His Bride if you like, is and always was, ISRAEL.

In verse 24 of this chapter Paul talks about the Wild Olive. In this context the word 'wild' means as coming from the country, from a field as opposed to being cultivated, or 'domesticated' as in a planted Olive grove. (Strongs 65= from the country, ranging, wild.) It is a completely different kind of tree, one which has never known cultivation, never known a Gardener, completely alien from the Commonwealth, or family of Israel.
Ephesians 2:12 "That at that time ye were without Christ, (God, deity) being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:" Gentiles, people from the nations, people who have never known YHWH, His Covenant or His people.
Some are teaching today that the Wild Olives are the ten Tribes who had been cast off and 'become' wild, but this passage says they were 'aliens''without God' 'strangers to the Covenants'. Does this sound like a people who had known Covenant, who had once been tended by a caring Gardener, who had become lost? This fact is also stated in Ephesians 2:12 "That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:" These two passages are synonymous, 'have not believed God' and 'without Christ' (God, deity) are essentially speaking of Gentiles. They had never been believers in YHWH whereas the Israelites of course not only had believed, howbeit not in living memory, but had walked with Him in the desert of Sinai with Moses. They had once been very familiar with YHWH and knew He existed, unlike the Gentile nations who never knew Him, and had always been 'without YHWH'.
I say all this to show that the people in Romans 11 are Gentiles, not the ten Tribes which some try to assume from these passages. Yes, they have become 'lost' among the Gentile nations, and assimilated into their cultures and way of life, they have become like the 'wild' Gentiles, but they had, once, known their Elohim. Rom 11:11 "... through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy." i.e. two separate peoples, the Ten Tribes who fell, and the Gentiles who knew not Elohim (God)

Hopefully, we have been able to 'untie a few knots' and make things a little clearer. There is so much knowledge out there, and some, quite frankly is downright confusing. We have to be so aware of all the scriptures and not just choose our favourite passages to illustrate our own 'pet' doctrines and beliefs. We have to be willing to change our minds, be teachable. After all one of the purposes of Yahshua sending us the holy Spirit was to lead us into ALL TRUTH. It must, therefore, be possible for us to come to it. Even if it takes a lifetime, we must never become complacent and think we 'know it all'. Also, we tend to want to separate the Old Covenant (Testament) from the New Covenant (Testament). Yahweh's mind is not divided, He states a truth and then enlightens us to the full meaning of it. Yahshua said that He came to 'fulfil the Law' to fill up the holes, to fill it up. No way did He mean us to think He came to abolish it in any way. He said to us."No jot or any part of a letter will pass from the Law until all is fulfilled" (and we have a way to go, yet...)