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Howitzer Online Bible Study: Romans 10

The Online Bible Study posts are designed for discussion. I am posting some key passages from the Bible hoping that you will chime in with your observations, interpretation, questions and applications. Just add your thoughts to the comment section.


1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For Ican testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by 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 deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,
“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”
20 And Isaiah boldly says,
“I was found by those who did not seek me;
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”
21 But concerning Israel he says,
“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Ro 10:1). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

5 comments on “Howitzer Online Bible Study: Romans 10

  1. Howitzer says:

    1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

    -Oh that I had a little zealousness toward the salvation of others.. seems I have lost that a bit.. lately my evangelistic strategy is that it will all pan out.. am I becoming a hyper-calvinist?
    -It is interesting that Paul would say that the Jewish zeal is not based on knowledge (specifically related to salvation)
    -the idea that men would set up their own mode of salvation is really popular..
    -man must submit to God’s plan of righteousness which is Christ..

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  2. The Howitzer says:

    5 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: “The man who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by 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 deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11 As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

    -righteousness acquired by law is about what you do
    -righteousness acquired by faith is about who you know
    -salvation come from putting ones trust in Jesus
    -justification (legal righteousness before God) comes from belief
    -salvation comes from confession (saying the same thing that God does) that Jesus is Lord
    -if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved
    -both Jew and Gentile are saved the same way
    -everyone who calls on Lord will be saved
    -the thought that really captures me on this passage is concept of Jesus’ Lordship.. if someone would be saved they must wrestle with the reality that Jesus is Lord and that truth changes a life.. some would like to make salvation about belief (and it is) but it is also about submitting oneself to the Lordship of Jesus.. Lordship is more than just saying the words

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  3. Howitzer says:

    14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

    -if people don’t believe they will not call on Jesus
    -if they have not heard of Jesus they will not believe
    -if someone does not preach to them they can not hear
    -if someone is not sent the non hearing will not hear a preacher
    -contrary to what anyone says about the missionary.. their feet are beautiful as they pitter pat down the path to the person who has not heard with good news
    -thanks God for sending the good new through the gospel bearer
    -who thinks my feet are beautiful????

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  4. Howitzer says:

    16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did: “Their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” 19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.” 20 And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me; I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” 21 But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and obstinate people.”

    -why would Israel not accept good news, with all there direct exposure to Yahweh and the pointing and foreshadowing of the Old Testament, accepting the good news of the messiah should be a no-brainer
    -faith comes from hearing the message
    -Christ word = message
    -this passage claims that they hear and understood but implies that they were disobedient and obstinate
    -you lose a little compassion for them when you understand that from God’s perspective he “held out his hands to a disobedient and obstinate people” — they kinda deserve what they got
    -maybe I am just a “told you so” kind of person but if a benevolent God holds his hands out in love (with standards to be obeyed albeit) and people choose to reject they have to pay the consequences whatever they may be.. that is at least fair.. you don’t have to like it but it is reasonable

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