But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, forRomans 10:18-19
“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”
But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
The truths of this message from the tenth chapter of Romans apply to each and every one of us, but Paul’s first target here is the people of Israel. According to Paul, they have heard, but they did not understand.
The earliest believers were Jewish, but most of the people of Israel simply rejected Jesus as the Christ so the good news went to all the peoples of the world. Only the Jewish people were looking for the messiah, the rest of the nations were not. Paul continues to quote Isaiah –
“Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,Romans 10:20-21
“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
But of Israel, he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
Do you know anyone who can be described as “disobedient and contrary” in your life? For, these are the ones who hear the truth of the Gospel and then reject it. So, it is our responsibility to speak to others, it is only God who can save those who have ears to hear.