This Scripture underscores the essence of faith in Christ. The Israelites found it difficult to keep on with God through Christ. They pursued God through the law of righteousness which they were not able to carry out because they tried to live it by works without faith in Christ.
A desire and a prayer point went out for their ignorant zeal to be mixed with knowledge so they could submit to the righteousness of God. This would dissuade them from establishing their own righteousness.
Zeal without knowledge will result in absolute deprivation and failure. ‘How does God want it?’ should be a question to always ask ourselves. Once there is a desire for a cause, go all the way out to find out necessary information about it. This will bring the pleasure of accomplishment.
Building your perspective from the human intellect only could be a great hindrance to an encounter with God. Faith in Christ and His Word plays a major role in this our kingdom and without it, there is a reasonable disconnection from the power of heaven.
There is no one too difficult for God to change and make His own. So, looking at some as being carnal and you as being holier-than-thou could disfavour you as God could choose to do a drastic turn around with their situation.
Lord, may the sufficiency of the Word and grace of Christ fill my life and help me to see the world and its situations through it!
Reading – Romans 9:24-10:4
24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea:
“I will call them ‘my people’ who are not my people;
and I will call her ‘my loved one’ who is not my loved one,”[a]
“In the very place where it was said to them,
‘You are not my people,’
there they will be called ‘children of the living God.’”[b]
27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel:
“Though the number of the Israelites be like the sand by the sea,
only the remnant will be saved.
28 For the Lord will carry out
his sentence on earth with speed and finality.”[c]
29 It is just as Isaiah said previously:
“Unless the Lord Almighty
had left us descendants,
we would have become like Sodom,
we would have been like Gomorrah.”[d]
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.33 As it is written:
“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall,
and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e]
10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
- Romans 9:25 Hosea 2:23
- Romans 9:26 Hosea 1:10
- Romans 9:28 Isaiah 10:22,23 (see Septuagint)
- Romans 9:29 Isaiah 1:9
- Romans 9:33 Isaiah 8:14; 28:16