In our reading today is Psalm 85:8 “I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.” The Psalmist is referring to a decision he has made. He writes that he WILL HEAR what God will speak. The Word of God is full of God speaking to us, His people. Have we made the decision to hear? The Psalmist continues and writes, “for he will speak peace unto his people”. All through the New Testament it is explicitly stated that Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ desires for us to be at peace. There are 17 examples in all: Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:2; Philemon 3; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; 2 John 3; 2 Peter 1:2; Revelation 1:4. Saints, let us make the decision to hear what God will speak, for He will speak peace to us. Praise God.
In our reading today we find Paul writing that Israel stumbled (Romans 9:32). The NLT says, “ They stumbled over the great rock in their path.” The great rock in their path was our Lord Jesus Christ. What they stumbled over in particular was that Jesus was crucified. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:23 “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock…” You see, because Deuteronomy 21:22, 23 declares that if someone is hung on a tree he is cursed of God, the Jewish mind stumbled over Christ. They could not wrap their head around a person who claimed to be their Messiah who was cursed of God. That is why it says in Isaiah 53:4 [NLT] Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! God loves the Jewish people and they have a very bright future in God’s plans. Someday soon the blindness that they are under will be lifted and all Israel shall be saved (Romans 11:25-27).