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An Ironic Missions Verse
Today's reading is bit ironic because it's often used in missions presentations:
"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” "
That's all fine and dandy, but then the next verse says this:
"But they have not all obeyed the gospel."
The top part is really true, but let's not totally take it out of context just because it's good to motivate people for missions - we need to understand what it's saying in context: that Israel DID have it preached to them, but rejected it. In the broad span of chapters 9-11, we're dealing with how Israel rejected the Gospel and what that means for us now as Gentiles. Let's not forget that as we keep reading.