Wednesday, 11th October, 2017
Romans 10:18-21 (NKJV)
But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” 19But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: “I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.” 20But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” 21But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.”
The text shows Israel loved and cared for by God; yet they continued in their rebellion and were distant from God’s open arms. They seemed to have forgotten the past wonders of God in dealing with them. Despite the fact that God had delivered them from the Egyptian captivity, fought their battles, provided for them on the way, and led them to the Promised Land, Israel would not faithfully and diligently seek God. Instead Israel as a special people, had continued to provoke God in their sinfulness.
Paul tries to bring to our notice how God had dealt with the Israelites each time they disobeyed Him, so as to warn us (Christians) about the danger of not obeying the word of God. The scriptures tell us how the people of Israel provoked God and were defeated by a small town called Ai (Josh. 7:1-5); how God allowed King Nebuchadnezzar to capture Judah (2 Chron. 36: 15-21), and how God spoke to Balaam through the mouth of a horse (Num. 22: 22-28). Have we not heard enough? Have we not heard this same God speaking today? We should flee from sin and listen to God’s instructions and submit ourselves to Him in total obedience.
PRAYER: God, help us hear and know your words as they speak and make impact each day in our lives. Amen.