"Indeed, you are called a Jew..."
Text: Romans 2:17
THE PRIDE OF THE JEWS
Paul knew the pride that often filled the hearts of Jews. Once upon a time, he too had been filled with the same sense of pride.
“Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law,
and make your boast in God, and know His will,
and approve the things that are excellent,
being instructed out of the law, and are confident
that you yourself are a guide to the blind,
a light to those who are in darkness,
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes,
having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.”
What made the Jews so sure about themselves, that they became self-righteous?
1. The glorious nature of the law of God
Two things may be highlighted:-
a) It offers “a form of knowledge”.
b) It offers truth.
2. Knowledge of the law
The effects of knowing the law of God may be noted:-
a) Through the law knowledge of God was derived.
b) Through the law the will of God was discerned.
c) Through the law excellent decisions of life were made.
3. Greatly advantaged
What were some obvious advantages the Jews had? Let us note the following:-
a) A guide to the blind who could at best grope.
b) A light to those who walked in darkness.
c) An instructor to those who were foolish, a teacher of babes
The Jews in the days of Paul were highly confident in their knowledge of the Lord. Many despised the Gentiles because of their lack of knowledge of the law.