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Reflections on Romans 10:20-21 (Fri)

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The Net Bible rendering of today’s text.

In verse 19 Paul asked, “Could it be that they heard the message, but simply didn’t understand it? No! We saw tht Paul debunked that excuse based on the evidence of their own jealousy of others who were given their rightful, privileged status of beign God’s “chosen people”.

Today Paul quotes Isaiah, who boldly adds insult to injury as he describes further the conditions under which this happened. These “Johnny come lately” outsiders who seemingly stole the privileged status of the Jews, didn’t steal it at all–it was given to them as a gift. They didn’t even ask for it–God gave them something priceless that they didn’t even request.

A simple analogy might be this: A dad gives his kid an ipod touch. The kid becomes rebellious, so the dad takes it away and gives it to the poor neighbor kid next door who never even dreamed of owning an ipod at all. That maybe helps you understand the jealous feeling that this passage refers to.

Our final verse reminds the readers that God is waiting, with hands outstretched to bless Israel, but their persistant rebelliousness and stubbornness is keeping them from the blessing that could await them.

What do you think of my ipod illustration? Can you think of a better one?

2 Comments

  1. Martha Troxel

    March 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    I think your Ipod illustration is fine.
    The two verses are kind of a surprise ending to those who thought that they had it made.

  2. Diane Thompson

    March 6, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Your illustration is great, Mark. John 10:16 says, “And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock with one shepherd.” Such grace for us Gentiles!
    The time in Romans 9 & 10 has been very enriching, Mark.
    Thanks for your instructive/devotional time and your transparency (praying for your Lenten goals!) throughout.
    So for all of us may we pray Ephesians 6:19,20 (the horizontal) and cling to the vertical—Isaiah 46:10.
    May our prayer time grow deeper as we Seek God for the City. Diane T.

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