Week of April 21 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Romans 15:8-9

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.” 

Reflect: What two purposes of the Messiah’s ministry did Paul identify in verses 8 and 9?

Consider: Paul cites four Old Testament passages illustrating that it was always God’s intent for the Gentiles to be brought into the fold of God’s love and mercy. This became possible when Christ came as the Jewish Messiah (came as a servant of the Jews) and died for the sins not only of Israel but of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Thus Christ’s servanthood provided the means whereby both Jews and Gentiles were unified in one body—Paul’s goal for the church in Rome:

    1.      2 Samuel 22:50: This song of praise by David is also included in the Psalms as Psalm 18, and is typical of the Old Testament perspective on “gospelizing” the nations of the world (the Gentiles). As a result of God’s favor to Israel (in this case, his deliverance of David from them militarily; 2 Sam. 22:48–49), Israel would praise God among the Gentiles, and they would hear of his power and might.[1]

Respond: What did Paul mean when he said Jesus was a “servant of the circumcised”? How did Jesus demonstrate this throughout His life? Why was it important that God came to the Jews first in Christ?


[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 432–433.