Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Romans 15-16~ Day 64~Confirmed promises

This verse stood out to me today, “For I say that Christ became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy.” (Rom. 15:8-9) 
That verse reminded made me think of the time Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  (Matt15: 24). There was a specific reason why Jesus said that, and we find the reason spelled out here in Romans, “to confirm the promises to the fathers.”
I read a great commentary on the Romans verse. I thought I would share it. It’s kind’a long, but worth the read. 

To explain this more fully, “Jesus Christ was born a Jew, and exercised his ministry among the Jews, in order that the truth of God’s promises to the fathers, concerning the blessing of the nations in Abraham’s seed, might be confirmed by the conversion of the Jews and Gentiles. For as the Jews were the only people on earth who worshipped the true God, and had his revelations in their hands, it was absolutely necessary that the gospel, in which all the former revelations terminated, should be first preached to them; that a sufficient number of them receiving it, might preach it to the Gentiles, as the fulfillment of the former revelations, of which their nation were the keepers.

It may be proper to observe further here, that “conversion to the true God being the mercy, or blessing, which God promised to bestow on the Gentiles, it is particularly mentioned here, not only to make the Gentiles sensible that they ought not to despise the Jews, through whom they had received so great a blessing, but also to persuade the Jews to acknowledge the Gentiles as the people of God, equally with themselves.” — Macknight

4 comments:

Rapster J said...

That commentary didn't clear up anything for me! Sorry, but it seemed like a big word salad. Can you clarify in simpler terms? The passage in Romans was not unclear to me, that us Gentiles can now rejoice with the Jews over the Messiah. The passage in Matthew is a little less clear, but I understand it to be more a rhetorical question to see what the woman's response would be?

Walking with The Way said...

Haha, I realize that I can get something out of a reading and then try to pull you all along in my train of thought! I am sure at times it can seem like the thought is from left field! Sorry about that!

Ok...so I brought up the Matthew verse. Let me explain why it reminded me of the Romans verse. I’m going to unpack it a little with the help of some well worded commentaries.
Many scholars say what you did, that the exchange was Jesus merely giving the woman an opportunity to display her faith. However, other Bible scholars feel that would be a cruel action, one that could have repelled her. I found one commentary, that I agree with, say, “Jesus shows his greatness in a twofold way: first, in prudently and resolutely confining Himself to the sphere of his own country; and then no less thoughtfully oversteps this limit whenever a higher reason rendered it proper to do so, and as if to foreshadow what was going to take place a little father on in the future.” (Myers)

Another commentary writes, “Jesus says nothing here about the rejection of the Jews and the future in gathering of the Gentiles; he states merely that his personal mission while he was on earth was confined to the Hebrew nation.“

This is probably why I was reminded of the Matthew verse as I read how Paul in Romans called Jesus “a servant (or Minister) of the circumcised.” Both verses express the mission Jesus had- to show the Israelites that their anticipated Messiah had come! Jesus had his work cut out for him because the Jewish nation had come to ignore the Old Testament verses that said he was going to be a suffering Messiah or a servant (found in Psalm 22 & 69, Isaiah 42,49,50,52 &53 to name a few). The disciples carried on this mission at first as well. We read how they took the time to explain these Old Testament verses to the Jewish people (Acts 3:18, 17:2-3 & 26:22-23).
How fortunate for us Gentiles that we were shown God’s mercy (Rom 15:9). We didn’t need all that Old Testament proof and knowledge of the fulfilling of promises. We just heard about God’s grace and believed! We are forgiven just like the believing Jews are, and for that we glorify God!! 😊

Rapster J said...

Ok, thanks, that helps! Interesting so many different takes, but all worthy of praise to Jesus.

Walking with The Way said...

Amen to that!!