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My first impression was that the passage was a denunciation against “pseudo Christianity” and a call to authentic living (The old saying comes to mind: “Just because you go to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to McDonald’s makes you a Big Mac”).
But as I read and re-read it, it really seems to be simply a defense of God’s Word. God had promised in His Word that the Jews would inherit salvation, yet the fact was obvious that most of the Jews were missing it. It wasn’t that God’s Word hadn’t delivered on its promises, it was a matter of defining to whom God’s promises applied. Being a child of promise was something inward, not external. If you remember back last summer, Paul had alluded to the same thing in chapter 3, verse 29. “But a Jew is one inwardly and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.” So God’s Word does deliver as long as we correctly define the terms of the promise!
I’m left with a thought and a question and I’m hoping that perhaps some of you readers can help shed some light for me.
The Jews took God’s Word literally in this case when it was meant to be taken figuratively and it seemed God’s Word had failed. I wonder if there are places where we do the same today. What do you think?
If you have any insights, stories, or thoughts about today’s passage, please comment below! Thanks!