Wednesday, 8th December 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-4 Do Not Understand
The Israelites are the chosen people, even though they are not worthy, but God still chose them. Not all of Abraham’s children are Israelites, but God chose them to be His people. He led them out of Egypt and take the Promise Land as inheritance. V1-2 ‘Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.’ Paul wanted all the chosen people to receive salvation, but he also noticed that even though they had the passion, they were still in the ‘doing’ mode.
Luke 1:67-69 says, ‘Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying: Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David,’ Paul realise that the Israelites had fallen, and they needed to be saved. They had the passion for God but not according to the knowledge. If we only let our passion and zeal become an emotion, it will go away and it will not last. We need the true knowledge to follow God, not by the emotions and not by just ‘doing’.
V3-4 ‘For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.’ The Israelites did not believe in God’s righteousness, they did not believe that simply by believing they could be saved. They really focused on following the laws and doing good deeds to ‘earn’ salvation. At the end of the day, God is challenging the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The fragrance of the Tree of Life is to humble, to obey, to deny ourselves and to benefit others. This is against the worldly values, and this is unnatural. When Adam told Eve that she was not allowed the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, what was his attitude? Did he just pass on a message from God? Did the way he pass on the message made Eve think that she was being controlled?
Genesis 2:16-17 says, ‘And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”’ But when Adam passed the message to Even, she received it differently as it says in Genesis 3:2-3 ‘And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”’
God only told Adam that he should not eat the fruits, but when he passed on the message to Eve, it became that they should not eat or touch the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Eve. Even felt controlled and God’s Words were manipulated. We often twist the messages from God, we do not see the loving intention behind God’s actions, instead we see punishment, we see judgment, and we see control. Therefore, the devil has a loophole to temp Eve, who already felt controlled because of the messages passed on from Adam. When we receive apples, to we give out bananas? God’s Word is the Truth, and it’s all in the Bible, we must not twist it and we cannot twist it. Spend more time in the Word of God, let the true knowledge come into our lives.
We must learn to be like little children, to simply believe in what God says to us, do not overthink God’s intention. Eve had the rebellious attitude, she was dissatisfied with the messages passed on by Adam, she did not believe in the love of God, and she did not want to follow the instructions of God. The Israelites were dissatisfied in simply believe the Word of God, they refuse to comply, and therefore, they could not understand the Truth and God’s good intention behind the laws.
Section Two V5-13 Do Not Believe
V8-9 ‘But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ Do we believe that when we are baptised, our past pains and hurt will die with Jesus? Do we believe that the water and the fire of the Holy Spirit have the power to resurrect us and give us a new life? Do not be lied by the devil, but declare that we are a new person, our past cannot haunt us. Jesus faced the same temptation after He was baptised. He faced the temptations with the Word of God, and He rebuked the devil. The devil continues to lie to us, it wants us to go back to our old lives, and it wants us to have excuses to live in our old ways. Everything is possible through God, do not leave a loophole for the devil’s lies to come in.
V10 ‘For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’ In the past our hearts were weak, but when we are baptised, when we proclaim and confess, God’s power will come upon us. We must believe firmly, our lives will be changed, even when we do not realise it ourselves, people around us will see. Our personality will change, our behaviour will change, our attitude towards life will change, and we will be closer to the image God first created us to be.
V11-13 ‘For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”’ Do not let our past become our excuse to move forward, if we do, then we are showing God that we do not believe in His Salvation.
Section Three V14-21 Do Not Listen
V14 ‘How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?’ God did not tell Adam that he should not touch the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. He only told Adam not to eat it, but on the other hand, Adam could eat all the fruits he wanted on the Tree of Life. Did Adam treasure the fruits on the Tree of Life? Or did he only focus on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil that he could not eat? Did Adam really hear God? We tend to only hear the things we want to hear and focus on the things we cannot have. But when the truth comes into our lives, we will realise that what we see and what we focus on might not be the full picture.
We like to enlarge the things we want to focus on and ignore the things we do not think are important. When we are in rage, we only focus on our hurt feelings, we do not listen, and we do not see the whole truth. May God help us to have listening ears so we can receive the Gospel. The Israelites did not understand, did not believe, and did not listen, even though they were the chosen people, they still lived in the lives of slavery.
V15 ‘And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”’ Only when we learn to listen, then we can preach. And when we listen and pass on God’s messages truthfully and faithfully, then good things will pour out to us and to all those following us.
罗马书 10 – 以色列人的不
V2 路加福音1:67-69第一次提到保罗所讲的“得救”：“。。。在他仆人大卫家中，为我们兴起了拯救的角”- 保罗希望每一个蒙召的人都能被“拯救”。这些人之前是跌倒的，所以需要被拯救。他们跌倒是因为“向神有热心，但不是按着真知识”。我们刚信主时或许心里火热，但之后是否能够维持？我们的“大发热心”是一种情绪，然而我们跟从神不能只靠情绪，而是要“按着真知识”。