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People Still Stumble Over Jesus

Written by twilliams. Posted in Romans 9

Romans 9:30-33

People Still Stumble Over Jesus

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Romans 9:30a What should we say then?

Since God in His own pleasure had saved Jews by grace in the past, Paul now asked a pertinent question. What is God’s plan resulting in right now; what is happening in His current economy?

Romans 9:30b Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have

obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes

from faith.

There can be no salvation without righteousness. This refers not to goodness or morality, but to a legal transaction. In salvation, righteousness refers to that which is necessary to satisfy the demands of God against us.

Gentiles were not concerned about righteousness. They needed salvation, but never considered trying to be right with Israel’s God. His righteousness was something they knew nothing of, and had no desire for.

Nevertheless, God in sovereign mercy came to them. What He had said on another occasion was true now: “I was sought by those who did not ask; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said: Here I am, here I am, to a nation that was not called by My name” (Isaiah 65:1).

The Gentiles found something they were not seeking. They were like the man who grabbed a shrub to keep from falling. He noticed the shrub was very loose. Pulling it up, he found a huge stash of silver buried beneath

The Ten Virgins

Written by twilliams. Posted in Matthew 25

Matthew 25:1-13

The Ten Virgins

Prepared by Dr. Marshall

Matt. 25:1 (Holman) Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins

who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom.

The Parable of the 10 Virgins is one of Jesus’ most famous stories. It is the inspiration for one of my earliest song recollections as a child. “Give me oil in my lamp; keep me burning; keep me burning till the break of day.”

The message in the Parable of the 10 Virgins is for us to be prepared, because someday preparation will no longer be allowed. In this parable, the bridegroom is Jesus; the virgins are people claiming to be Christ-followers.

In Israel, folks gathered prior to a wedding at the bride’s house. When the groom later arrived to retrieve his bride, everyone walked to the groom’s house for the party. The parade tended to take the longest route possible to extend the celebration. Everyone came out to the street to share in the party.

The 10 virgins, knowing the groom could come at night, brought their lamps lit. Due to night’s total darkness in ancient towns, people usually were not allowed on a street at night without a lamp. These lamps held by the friends were in essence streetlights lighting the path of the bridal procession.

Matt. 25:2-4 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. When the

foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take olive oil