The Case of the Jews
A Sermon on Romans 10:18-21
But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for
“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”
But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,
“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” (ESV)
Did the Apostle Paul really claim that the Gospel had been proclaimed throughout the world? What could he have meant by such a statement? What about the Jews? How can he claim that the majority of Jews have not obeyed the Gospel? Did most of them hear the Gospel preached? “Surely not!” some would protest. Paul was obviously mistaken. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in this sermon on Romans 10:18-21, looks at the connection between the Old Testament anticipation of the coming Messiah and the large-scale rejection of Jesus Christ by the Jews of Jesus and Paul’s day. By interpreting Scripture with Scripture, Dr. Lloyd-Jones demonstrates how the Jews should have known from their own Scriptures about the suffering Messiah. The New Testament often assumes the clarity of the Gospel in the Old Testament, and yet there is a blindness to the clear teaching. The Gospel from the Apostle Paul was not a message that should be hidden from the masses. There was no hint of a “mystery religion,” where only a select few knew the right details in order to be “initiated.” No, Dr. Lloyd-Jones contends that God was taking the Gospel message through appointed apostles and preachers so that it would be heard by everyone, everywhere.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.