Each Day in the Word, Thursday, August 31, 2023

Romans 9:25-33 NKJV

25 As He says also in Hosea:

“I will call them My people, who were not My people,
And her beloved, who was not beloved.”
26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,
‘You are not My people,’
There they shall be called sons of the living God.”

27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:

“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea,
The remnant will be saved.
28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness,
Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.”

29 And as Isaiah said before:

“Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,
We would have become like Sodom,
And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness. 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”


Let the rejoicing abound that God did not limit His grace to only the Jews, but so willed in His infinite wisdom to extend it to the Gentiles as St. Paul was inspired to proclaim in this text! His use of Isaiah (in verse 29) is especially of great comfort:

“Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed,

We would have become like Sodom,

And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

Once again St. Paul is inspired (as all of God’s Holy Scripture does) to point his readers to the fully atoning merits of Christ Jesus, for He is the seed begotten of the Father for the purpose of redeeming sinful mankind. Christ,  sparing us of becoming so horribly destroyed the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah.

St. Paul further points out (again through the use of the  Old Testament prophet Isaiah, in verse 33) how Jesus is not only the beloved seed of salvation sent by the Father, but the Christ is also the stumbling block upon whom all who would rather rely upon their own merits turn Him into a rock of offense.

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,

And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

Oh, how thankful are we, believing/baptized children of God, who have been brought, by God’s grace, to have our feet firmly planted on Him whom we now view, with eyes of faith,  the foundation of our faith.

Let us pray: We give thanks to You, O Lord, for bringing us to not rely upon our own presumptuous flesh and stumble over Christ, as if He were and offense, but that You have bought us to view Him, rather, as the rock of our salvation. Grant us an ever-continued belief on Christ and Him crucified and risen, who brings us to never be put to shame in Your eyes. Amen.

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