Through the Bible, October 9

Reading: Romans 9-10

Summary: Paul’s deep desire is that all of his Jewish brethren might be saved, as they believe they are.  Yet God’s sovereign choice is that the “children of the promise” will be saved, not the “children of the flesh.” That is, God has chosen that those who have faith in Christ (the promised one) shall be saved. This salvation, then, is made available to all. How sad that Israel, for the most part, has rejected God’s chosen means for man’s salvation.

Devotional Thought:

Peas and Carrots

They weren’t a staple at my momma’s table, but Forest Gump says peas and carrots are the bomb together.  It must be true.

Some things do go together so very well. As a matter of fact, in certain circumstances, if they stand alone, it’s not a good thing. Remember what the Bible says about faith and works? Attempting to be justified by works will never succeed, but faith without works is dead (Eph. 2:8-9; Jas. 2:26).

The same is true for zeal and knowledge. Paul bemoaned the fact that his Jewish brethren had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge (Rom. 10:2). No doubt, zeal should be a part of every Christian’s life. He wants us “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14). But also, whatever we do must be with knowledge. It’s among those virtues to be added to our faith (2 Pet. 1:5-6) and that, along with grace, in which Peter wished Christians to grow (2 Pet. 3:18).

Being “fired up” for the Lord is a wonderful thing, but unless that enthusiasm is educated and directed by an understanding of God’s will, it’s of little value. But by the same token, one may know the content of God’s word and be quite familiar with His will, but if that knowledge does not motivate us to active and committed service, it’s of precious little worth.

It’s peas and carrots and its zeal and knowledge.

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