1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. 5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. 19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. 20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. 21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. Romans 10:1-21 (KJV)
Shortest Verse (13 words) Rom 10:13, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Longest Verse (33 words) Rom 10:15, And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Middle Verse(s) (of 21 verses) Rom 10:11, For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Middle Five Words (of 463 words) [‘no difference between the Jew’] Rom 10:12, ¶ For there is [no difference between the Jew] and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Most common word: the
No real deep theological things of great importance to write about today – the Jews still have their place in God’s plan. They’re just caught up in blindness and disobedience in their hearts right now.
Are all Jews turning to Jesus Christ right now? For reasons I well understand – no.
There’s amazing reluctance in Jews to turn to anything that seems like idolatry. The biggest issues in Christianity are indeed- the biggest issues! The Jew balks at A). the Trinity and B). the deity of Jesus Christ.
I wrestled with that for a while. Once I was able to make that leap of faith, that contradictory prayer that is immediately answered, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!” Mark 9:24b (KJV).
The issues are this – HUNDREDS of fulfilled prophecies that prove Jesus Christ is the Messiah. Judaism has found itself in the curious position of taking obvious predictions of the Messiah, acknowledging they are INDEED prophecies of the Messiah in their own writings – and then telling uneducated Jews, “those aren’t Messianic prophecies.”
Christians literally can cite dozens of quotes from Rabbi’s about the validity of these verses being prophecies of the Messiah, and yet, Rabbi’s will say with a straight face, “that’s not a Messianic prophecy.”
Once a Jew realizes this has happened, he next has to wrestle with the Trinity issue. It’s amazing how difficult that is. You’re caught between the Shema, “hear o Israel the Lord thy God, the Lord is one Lord” (Deut 6:4), and the unmistakeable conclusion the Gospels present – Jesus is God.
I’m telling you right away, that once you throw away everything you’ve been taught, the answer is simple – Christ is God. And once I made that HUGE leap of faith, EVERYTHING fell into place. And it was as if I could clearly see the truth. No other conclusion makes any sense. I’ll be dealing with overcoming objections to Jesus Christ soon enough (if you’re impatient, be sure to go back and review the pages on Jehovah’s Witnesses – I dealt with the deity of Christ a little bit there, and the Trinity).