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.