Have you ever thought of the Jewishness of Christianity? Jesus was Jewish. The apostles were Jewish. The Scriptures used in those early apostolic days of the church before the New Testament was written were Jewish. Yet, Christianity flourished among those of a non-Jewish ethnicity. Most Jews in those early days of the Christian church did not want anything to do with Christ or Christianity. The apostle Paul, who was a devout Jew by birth and religious faith, who at one time persecuted the Christians, but also became one of Christianity’s greatest advocates and spokesman, talked about the Jewish lack of interest in Christ in Romans chapters 9–11. If you are joining us today for the first time, we are in the middle of his explanation as to why this is so. Our text today is Romans 10:14–18.
The argumentation we will look at today, that Paul gives, is only five verses: however, in those verses, Paul quotes from four Old Testament verses (the Jewish Scriptures). Obviously, he is hoping that his fellow kinsmen are listening to what he is sharing. In our passage today, we will discover that not listening is the problem he is having with his Jewish friends whom he loves. It is not that they do not hear it. It just goes in one ear and out the other. They know the gist of what he is saying, so they are without excuse, but they really have not understood it. They have their own ideas. They have made up their minds. So, they are not hearing what Paul is trying to get across to them.
Has anyone here experienced what Paul is up against? Have you ever felt that what you said was getting nowhere; it is if you were talking to a brick wall? Wait until you hear what Paul said! We will look at it and see how important it is to know.
What will we discover? For starters, 1) what is good news for some will end up being bad news for others, 2) where faith comes from, 3) when we finally stand befor