Romans Lesson 17 Day 3
My answers to BSF study questions
6. Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them [Israel] is that they may be saved. (Romans 10:1 ESV)
Paul felt this way because he knew the Jews had a certain type of zeal and enthusiasm for God. As a fellow “zealous” Jew who also didn’t “get it” right away, he saw their type of zeal first-hand.
I feel called to pray for my family, neighbors, and others my attention is drawn to. I’m especially burdened and drawn to pray for people who appear overly stressed with their children.
When I see someone–especially young men, since I have grown sons–driving recklessly, my heart goes out to their mothers. That leads me to pray for the safety of these sons and other families on the road who might be affected by their driving.
7. Israel Reduced to Religion*
*Heading on Romans Chapter 10 Message translation
Also in the Message translation, Paul writes, “…the Jews are impressively energetic regarding God—but they are doing everything exactly backward. They don’t seem to realize that this comprehensive setting-things-right that is salvation is God’s business, and a most flourishing business it is. Right across the street they set up their own salvation shops and noisily hawk their wares. After all these years of refusing to really deal with God on his terms, insisting instead on making their own deals, they have nothing to show for it.
Misguided religious zeal can lead to the following un-Jesusy behavior:
- Judgmental attitudes and behavior
- Hatred and aversion toward people who commit certain types of sins
- Holding onto offense (unforgiveness)
- Abuse of children and wives
8. Romans 10:4
You see, God’s purpose for the law reaches its climax when the Anointed One arrives; now all who trust in Him can have their lives made right with God. (Romans 10:4 VOICE)
For the Christ is the end of the law. And because of him, God has transferred his perfect righteousness to all who believe. (TPT)
One person did become righteous through His keeping of the Old Testament Law. That person was Jesus. One of the reasons the Old Testament Law was given was so that Jesus could legally earn man’s redemption. Now that the purchase has been completed, that function of the Law is over.
For Christ is the end—the object or aim.
of the law for—justifying
righteousness to every one that believeth—that is, contains within Himself all that the law demands for the justification of such as embrace Him, whether Jew or Gentile (Gal 3:24). (embrace Him — I love that definition of salvation!)
So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24 ESV)
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 17 Day 3 ~ Romans 10:1-4