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April 9, 2018

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: 2 Samuel 16 – 2 Samuel 18
Audio: 2 Samuel 16 – 2 Samuel 18

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
(Romans 10:17 ESV)

Romans 10 (ESV)

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

18 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for

“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
    and their words to the ends of the world.”

19 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.”

20 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,

“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
    I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”

21 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

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  1. Read it! Wow!! 

    For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

    If we do not submit to God's standard of righteousness — that is, the righteousness that comes only by faith in Jesus Christ, whose righteousness is God's standard — then we are held accountable to fulfill all the righteous requirements of the Law apart from Christ. We already know this is impossible. Our sin nature makes it impossible. 

    Thanks be to God, who has rescued us! 

  2. Many today believe that there are many ways to eternal life, and that a loving God will in no wise cast any man out. They are 'seeking to establish their own' righteousness and do not want to submit to God's righteousness. 

    The Jews were zealous for the law, see Acts 21:20. But that zeal would never lead to righteousness – Romans 9:31-32. Only righteousness pursued by faith can result in works of righteousness. Works never produces righteousness, but a righteous person produces good works apart from the law. 

    Romans 10:5-8 references the teaching of Deut 30:12-15

    Romans 10:8-13. Herein lies the keystone of salvation. It is foundational to understanding the transformation from the kingdom of darkness to light. 

    It is what I call part of the 'ABC's of salvation. Note that this is not original with me and I forget where I learned this from. Most likely it was from a Billy Graham pamphlet. 

    A: Admit that you are a sinner (Rom 3:23)
    B: Believe that Christ died and rose again on the third day. 
    C: Confess that Jesus is Lord

     

  3. How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? ~Romans 10:14

    The Harvest

    Preaching the gospel is the means by which God saves people. When people come to faith in Jesus Christ, it is not an abstract idea they believe in but the gospel as revealed in the Bible. Without the gospel, there is no salvation.

    Romans 10:17 says, So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." 

    In his commentary on Romans, Charles Hodge wrote, "THE object of the apostle in the preceding comparison and contrast of the two methods of justification, was to show that the gospel method was, from its nature, adapted to all men; and that if suited to all it should be preached to all."

    Hodge, C. (1882). A commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (New Edition, p. 541). Grand Rapids, MI: Louis Kregel.

    Douglas Moo writes that Paul "begins by analyzing the conditions that are necessary for such calling on the Lord in a series of rhetorical questions (Romans 10:14–15a). He then makes clear that every condition – except one – has been met. 

    First, the gospel, “the word of faith” (Romans 10:8), has been preached (Romans 10:15) Second, that message of the gospel, “the word of Christ” has been heard; indeed, the voices of its messengers have been heard throughout the inhabited world (Romans 10:18). Not only has the gospel been made known; it has, to at least some extent, been understood (Romans 10:19–20). What is the missing ingredient? Faith.

    Moo, D. J. (1996). The Epistle to the Romans (p. 662). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

    I'm reminded of Jesus' words in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

  4. This chapter was awesome for me today, because I have been having a discussion about my faith with a friend who says he has studied theology for years, and he looooooves to debate.

    He is not saved, but I have invited him to church. So far, he has just asked me to "let it go." I feel that this is a perfect place in Scripture to send him.

    I made it clear that although I don't know everything about the Bible and its teachings, I believe every word.

    I know that we are to share the gospel with everyone, and I'm grateful that any time I need to make a particular point, God shows me where to go. 

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