February 16, 2021 – Tuesday
Romans 9:30-33 NIV
30 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.
32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone.
33 As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame.”
When Paul wrote verse 33 he was quoting and paraphrasing Isaiah 8:14 and 28:16 as he puts them together. Let’s look at both in full. First 8:14 NIV, He will be a holy place; for both Israel and Judah He will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem He will be a trap and a snare. And now 28:16 NIV, See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. Notice Isaiah 28:16 and the last part of Romans 9:33b, both NIV simply do not match. Nor do they in the KJB, ESV, NASB, NRSV, or TLV – none of these versions. However, I did find one that did match, the EHV or Evangelical Heritage Version. You can check it here as well as substitute over versions in to check for yourself. I mention this not to lift up the EHV or to put down the others, but to simply show how difficult translation is. Frankly, I do not know if Paul misquoted Isaiah 28:16 or not or if the bible versions which do not match have it correct.
So why all the discussion on this? Because we should be able to read Paul’s version in Romans 9:33b and take it to the bank for the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame without question. And when you go here, you will find almost all versions read very much like this. Most of those that do not read as the one who believes in Him will never be disappointed. The key is believing in Him, believing in Jesus. Barnes’ Notes on the Bible covers many of the bases when he writes, The meaning here is, that the man who believes shall not be agitated, or thrown into commotion, by fear of want or success: shall not be disappointed in his hopes; and, of course, he shall never be ashamed that he became a Christian. They who do not believe in Christ shall be agitated, fall, and sink into eternal shame and contempt as written in Daniel 12:2. They who do believe shall be confident; shall not be deceived, but shall obtain the object of their desires. It is clear that Paul regarded the passage in Isaiah as referring to the Messiah.
What a wonderful thing to never be put to shame or never be disappointed because of our belief in the good news of our Lord and Savior who died for our sins. In a way it is good news that simply gets better and better as time goes on, as our belief deepens, and our faith grows and grows. It is a wonderous thing to serve such a loving King, the King of all kings.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank You for permitting me to receive such a gift as my salvation through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus my Lord and Savior. Without Jesus I would be lost and a slave to sin. Thank You again for such amazing love and mercy. – In Jesus name. Amen.