Here’s today’s passage:
15:8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 15:9 and thus the Gentiles glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Because of this I will confess you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praises to your name.” 15:10 And again it says: “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.” 15:11 And again, “Praise the Lord all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him.” 15:12 And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse will come, and the one who rises to rule over the Gentiles, in him will the Gentiles hope.”
It’s neat to see God’s heart for all people in this passage, especially since I’m a Gentile!
Verse 12 caught my attention because it associates hope with being ruled over. In our society dominated by politcal corruption, greed and abuses of power it seems unnatural to think that a ruler could truly bring us hope. But Jesus can!
I also noticed the contrast between verses 8 and 12. He who was our servant ends up being our ruler.