Good Wednesday morning.
In Paul’s time the greatest stumbling block to the general acceptance of the Gospel of Christ was Jewish unbelief. Many Jews had become Christians, but the nation as a whole did not believe and was outwardly antagonistic. The Jewish rulers had crucified Christ and persecuted the church at every opportunity. Jewish unbelievers made Paul’s life miserable every where he went.
The next three chapters of Romans contain Paul’s answer to the question: If Jesus was really the Messiah promised in the prophetic writings of the Jewish scripture, how did it happen that God’s own nation rejected Him?
9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
This passage indicates Paul’s profound sadness for his fellow Jews. He expressed that he would rather give up his own soul if it meant Israel would be saved. We all know he doesn’t, so stay tuned.
Blessings on your day,