SCRIPTURES TO READ: Romans 10:1-8
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 2 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. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’ ” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 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)
QUESTIONS TO ANSWER:
1. What does verse 1 reveal about Paul’s heart for the unbelieving Jews?
2. What does Paul commend the Jews for? (V2)
3. What lack of knowledge do unbelieving Jews have (Vv3-4)
4. Compare the righteousness spoken of by Moses to the righteousness that comes by the word of faith (Vv5-8).
a. What differences can you observe between the two?
b. Why do you think that Paul quotes from Deuteronomy chapter 30?
c. How does quoting the OT help the unbelieving Jew to understand where God’s righteousness comes from?