Romans Lesson 18 Day 4
My answers to BSF study questions
9. Responding to the good news
Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel’s messages were not well received.
For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”
Apparently, it seemed like no one.
Paul quoted several OT passages to show that the conditions described in verses 14-15 had been met for Israel. The gospel message was proclaimed throughout the Roman Empire. The Jews listened and simply did not believe. The Gentiles heard too, and many embraced it. Paul’s citations show that the Gentile conversion was predicted in the OT. Ultimately, all peoples are a disobedient and defiant people. Israel was singled out in this way due to their consistent rejection of God’s message and messengers (see Acts 7:51-60). (HCSB Study Bible)
- People are “too busy.” Too busy with the things of earth.
- Sometimes people get turned off because of other Christians they’ve known, maybe even their own family.
- Or they think they need to get their act together first.
- Maybe they refuse to give up their lifestyle.
- They think the gospel doesn’t seem logical or believable.
- My uncle didn’t understand why anyone would accept the Lord before old age.
- Atheists, adherents to other religions, or think all paths lead to God.
- God has given them over to a reprobate mind.
- They’ve hardened their hearts.
But not everybody is ready for this, ready to see and hear and act. Isaiah asked what we all ask at one time or another: “Does anyone care, God? Is anyone listening and believing a word of it?” The point is: Before you trust, you have to listen. But unless Christ’s Word is preached, there’s nothing to listen to. (From Romans 10:16-17 MSG)
10. Romans 10:17
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (ESV)
Hearing is a reflection of first-century life. Paul does not raise the possibility of the message being read. While there were people who could read, the ordinary first-century citizen depended rather on being able to hear something.” (Morris via Guzik)
Today, hearing is again commonplace. Audiobooks, Bibles, sermons, teachings, etc. are readily available and many are free. BSF could easily make their lectures available via podcasts, YouTube, MP3s, and other methods. I listened to Daily Audio Bible for several years and cassette tapes before that.
11. Sometimes a scripture verse or passage seems to leap right into my spirit.
A verse answers a question, speaks encouragement, brings conviction, or opens up a revelation I’ve never noticed before.
God’s promises throughout the Bible reassure me and build my faith. They also teach me about God’s character.
One specific passage continues to reassure me about my sons.
The words of praise and worship in Psalms and Revelation give expression to what is in my heart.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 18 Day 4 ~ Romans