Most, but not All
| In Romans chapter
eleven and the first verses Paul reminds the reader of the time in
Israelite history when Elijah addressed certain words to God about Israel
of his day. It was a time when it seemed to Elijah that just about
everybody had turned against God except Elijah. This referred to the time
following the great contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal on
Mount Carmel (1 Kings 19).
While he thought he alone served God he was reminded by God that seven thousand had remained faithful and had not bowed the knee to Baal. Most had turned away but not all.
Paul does not minimize the general truth that most rejected Christ, but not everyone. We need to be reminded of this also and be encouraged by those who remain steadfast in the service of God.