Romans 10:20-21

20 But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”

21 But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

Verse 20 — Isaiah 65:1 — I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

Isaiah is very bold. He prophesied at the risk of his life.

“to Israel” — should be “with reference to Israel”

Verse 21 — Isaiah 65:2 — I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts.

disobedient — refuse to be persuaded

God was patient and entreated Israel, and they heard and understood, but responded with willful ignorance.

all day long — the dispensation of Law

The four “buts” (vs. 18, 19, 20, 21) are for answers to Israel’s possible objections

Isaiah 65:1-2 is referring to Israel, so Romans 10:20-21 must also be referring to Israel and to to Gentiles.

The last part of Isaiah 65:1 refers to Jewish leaders who crucified Christ.

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