Verse of the Day 6-29-22

But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,
“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”
And Isaiah boldly says,
“I was found by those who did not seek me;
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”
But concerning Israel he says,
“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.” Romans 10:16-21

Paul here comes back to the main theme of Romans 9:1-3. He laments Israel’s lack of response to the Gospel, though as the quotation from Isaiah 53:1 makes clear, this is nothing new. The Israelites had the opportunity to hear the Good News. Indeed, the Gospel has gone out as widely as the message of the heavens (whose speech is referred to in Psalm 19:4). A reference to Psalm 19 implies that others have heard as well as the Israelites, and this perhaps leads to Paul citing a passage in which God says that he will provoke Israel by an ignorant nation. This theme of provocation is very in Romans 11. The first Isaiah quotation in Romans 10:20 (from Isaiah 65:1) is like the quote of Hosea 2:23 in Romans 9:25, where Hosea puts Israel in the position of the Gentiles: not God’s people. Isaiah similarly says that Israel’s election was purely based on God’s initiative and revelation. While they were effectively a Gentile nation when God first addressed them, they responded to him, but now, and over the course of history, they have been rebellious. But God would use the rebelliousness of the people of Israel, his “chosen people,” to make a way for all those who are not Jewish by birth to be adopted in God’s family. And that way is by placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ and thereby making him Lord our lives.

Today’s Bible Readings:

2 Kings 15-16, Acts 19:13-41, Psalm 147:1-20 and Proverbs 18:4-5

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