Zeal without Knowledge
Romans 10:1 Brothers, the desire of my heart and prayer to God on their behalf is for salvation. 2 For I bear witness regarding them that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For, not knowing the righteousness of God and seeking to establish their own (righteousness), they have not subjected themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law as a means to righteousness for all who believe.
In Chapter 10:2, Paul says that his people are zealous, but this zeal is not consistent with the true knowledge of salvation. They’re passionate about obtaining righteousness, which we need for salvation, but they were trying to obtain righteousness by the wrong rules! In Paul’s words, they had zeal without knowledge.
The Jewish Christians thought that righteousness could be obtained by keeping their laws. This is what Paul calls “the righteousness of man.” And Paul says this righteousness isn’t enough to save you. Obedience to the law will not save us! Instead, the rule of the game is that only a righteousness that comes from God will lead to salvation.
9 If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes 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.”
Ball of Confusion
Ball of Confusion
When we see that the most often played in British funeral services is "My Way" by Frank Sinatra, I guess a lot of people want to convey the message that even though they didn’t live the perfect life, they lived it uniquely, and in the best they can.
Ironically, during the period of the judges we see that living it "my way" was causing chaos and calamity. Everyone was worshipping idols and false gods, there was intense warfare and bloodshed between nations. Israel would often lose these battles, and they would be made captive to their neighbors. The people of Israel would repent, then God would send a judge to rescue them, but sometimes even the judges were not morally and religiously upright. And later the people fell into sin again. This was a time of chaos and confusion.
The last verse of Judges 21:25 - In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. When we live “my way” a ball of confusion occurs in our lives wherein we live how we want, then we experience emptiness and guilt, then cry out to God in the middle of a sermon or retreat for forgiveness and you experience God’s grace, but when we get back home, we start all over again.
Choosing the right leader won't solve this issue. Just think of the upcoming November elections. The ball of confusion can only be solved by a perfect King who is perfectly obedient. A King that would come into our lives, our hearts, and our minds to live according to God’s way and not my way!
This is why we cry out, Lord Jesus, come! Maranatha!