January 2, 2022
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Day 001: Journey Through the Bible in a Year
Focus Verses for Today: Romans 2:1-4
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Romans 1-2. Read Romans 1-2. Let’s journey!
Commentary: Paul’s letter to the Romans was written approximately 30 years after the ascension of Jesus Christ. Several years earlier, the Jews (Jews and Jewish Christians) had been forced to leave the city of Rome by the emperor. Following the emperor’s death, the Jews began returning to the city. This letter came to the Roman church at a time of change. A great amount of tension existed between Jewish Christians and Gentiles. Jewish Christians insisted that the laws of Moses, including circumcision and dietary restrictions, must be followed in order to gain salvation. Gentiles were reluctant to abide by the strict Jewish laws. One of Paul’s goals in this letter is to relieve the tension that exists between the two groups.
The book of Romans begins with a greeting and Paul expressing his desire to visit the Roman church. He condemns the unrighteous, those who satisfy the desires of the flesh. In chapter 2, Paul warns against passing judgment on others while failing to see the unrighteous acts they themselves are committing. Paul goes on to explain that following the law alone will not guarantee salvation. More important is what is written on our heart.
Focus Verses: 2:1-4 How judgmental are you? Do you examine your own heart and actions before judging someone else for theirs?
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