DAILY DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2020

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to accurate knowledge.—Rom. 10:2.

“They did not lack zeal; they lacked knowledge (not “head” knowledge, gnosis, but “real” knowledge, perception, or recognition, epignosis). As a result of their lack of knowledge, their zeal became misguided. Interestingly, zeal (zelos) is most often translated “jealousy” in Paul’s epistles, context making the difference. But in its essence, zeal is jealousy, and it can be in a healthy sense. Paul is saying that because the Jews lacked spiritual perception, their jealousy was for their religious traditions rather than the things of God. And Paul should know, as that is what he was zealous/jealous for (Acts 22:3; 21:20; Gal. 1:13–14; Phil. 3:6).” Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier

DAILY DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2019

“Without a doubt, Paul’s prayer for Israel was that what had been taken away from them—spiritual discernment and knowledge (see Isa. 6:9–10)—would be restored to them. He knew they were not carefully rejecting the claims of Christ, as if they knew something that he did not. They were stumbling over Christ because of spiritual blindness. It was as if they were walking down a path on a moonless night and stepped on the tail of the Lion of Judah who was lying in their way. They never even knew what hit them. Thus is the nature of spiritual blindness.” – Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier