But I ask, have you not heard? Of course they have, for: “Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words have gone out to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:4) Again I ask, “Didn’t Israel understand?” First, Moses says, “I’ll make you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a foolish nation, I’ll make you angry.” (Deuteronomy 32:21) Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I’ve been found by those that didn’t seek me; I’ve shown Myself to those who didn’t ask for me.” (Isaiah 65:1) But of Israel, he says, “All day long I’ve held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” (Isaiah 65:2)
It would make sense to continue into chapter 11, but I wanted to point out that the Jews are still the subject being debated here. They were originally God’s people, and it was their responsibility to:
- Hear, believe and accept the Messiah’s Good News
- Proclaim this Good News to the nations for all to have the chance/opportunity to accept it/Him.
But instead of doing so, they actually continued in their disobedience.
Understand, Christianity is not a Gentile faith, it’s the fulfillment of the Mosaic Law. The Jews were responsible for holding fast to the Law until the arrival of God’s Messiah. But all throughout history, the people of God rejected, rebelled against and disobeyed the Lord, His Laws and His decrees.
When the Messiah did finally arrive, the Jews were supposed to be His welcoming committee. But instead, they treated Him the same way as they had continuously treated God, His Laws, His Decrees (rejected, rebelled, disobeyed) and His prophets. The thing is:
- The Jews can’t claim they never had the chance of hearing the Gospel, for Christ first came for them.
- They also couldn’t claim that they didn’t understand the Gospel, for even the Gentiles understood/understand it, and they never had the first half of the book – the Old Testament (or Hebrew Scriptures), figuratively-speaking.
The Jews grew up memorizing Scripture. The Gentiles never heard any of it before. Yet, the Gentiles accepted Christ when He arrived and was offered to them, not just as a great healer and timeless teacher, but as the Risen Lord.