Paul’s Letter to the Romans Part 20

This entry is part 20 of 35 in the series Paul's Letter to the Romans

Continued from Part 19

When a person studied the scriptures for any other purpose than to
know God and to be able to do his will, there is no telling what sort
of absurd conclusions he may arrive at. And let us know, let us
follow on to know Jehovah, Hosea 6:3.

Part 20

“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become
unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans
3:12). This is because they did not understand and would not seek
after God. To God they were not profitable; he could not use them
in his plans. They were not born in that condition, but had turned
aside and became unprofitable. None Where absolutely good; all
had sinned.
“Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they
have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose
mouth is full of cursing and bitterness” (vs. 13-14). That is a strong
figure of speech. From their throats would come words as offensive
as the odors from an open sepulcher. How expressive of the
filthiness of their speech! Deceit was one of the sins charged
against the Gentiles. Now the Jews are also charged with the same
sin. No dependence can be put in what a deceitful person says.
Paul also charges that their words were poison like the poison of
asps, that their mouth was full of bitterness and cursing. A deceitful
person is a liar for gain of some sort, but he expects everyone to
believe him; and if you find out that he is a liar, he becomes bitter
towards you.
“Their feet are swift to shed blood” (v. 15). This expresses
their readiness to murder. From the trial of Jesus we learn that
even their high court sometimes was eager to murder an innocent
victim. 
“Destruction and misery are in their ways” (v. 16). They had
come to be a turbulent race. Read what Josephus says took place
inside Jerusalem while the Roman army laid siege to that
unfortunate city. 
***“Throughout the city people were dying of hunger in large numbers, and
enduring unspeakable sufferings. In every house the merest hint of food sparked violence, and close relatives fell to blows, snatching from one another the pitiful supports of life. No respect was paid even to the dying; the ruffians [anti-Roman zealots] searched them, in case they were concealing food somewhere in their clothes, or just pretending to be near death. Gaping with hunger, like mad dogs, lawless gangs went staggering and reeling through the streets, battering upon the doors like drunkards, and so bewildered that they broke into the same house two or three times in an hour. Need drove the starving to gnaw at anything. Refuse which even animals would reject was collected and turned into food. In the end they were eating belts and shoes, and the leather stripped off their shields. Tufts of withered grass were devoured, and sold in little bundles for four drachmas” (The
Siege of Jerusalem, AD 70 by Josephus).
“And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear
of God before their eyes” (vs. 17-18). Had they loved peace, they
could have found it. They did not know how to be peaceable. On
this point Jesus testified against them. “And when he was come
near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst
known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong
unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes” (Luke 19:41-
42). That Jesus here referred to their social and political peace is
clear from what he immediately adds: “For the days shall come
upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and
compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, And shall lay
thee even with the ground, and thy children

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