I must admit that today’s passage has me stumped. The flow of thought isn’t tracking with me so I’m going to need some of you to provide some clarity in the comments section. 🙂
It seems to me that either verse 16 (talking about the disbelief of many) is out of sequence or verse 17 (which goes back to the idea of having faith) is. I wish the verses were in reverse order because that would provide a more natural progression of thought, moving from analyzing what belief is (the previous section), to discussing how and why so many of the Jews missed it (the upcoming section).
Bob’s explanation in his sermon is the best one I’ve heard. His explanation was that when Paul said, “not all believe,” it implies that some will. The “glass half-full” idea.
What do you think? Does that explanation satisfy you?