Re:Verse reading–Romans 9:1-8, Romans 10:1-21 (day one)
“It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.”–v 9:6.
It was a puzzle to Paul. A disappointment from which he never fully recovered. As a whole, the Jewish nation, called of God, prepared by the Scriptures, rejected Christ!
Disturbing but undeniable. “He came unto His own and His own received Him not.” Jewish leadership called for the crucifixion. Paul suffered continued persecution from the same group. They resisted!
Had God’s promise failed? Was His word to the Jewish nation made null and void by their unbelief? As Paul struggled with an answer, He came to a new understanding. True Israel was not, and never had been, based on physical heritage but on spiritual relationship. God’s family is by faith.
Did the Lord keep His promise to His people? Yes. (To Gentiles as well) In Christ, by grace, through faith, eternal life!