Summary of passage: Not all the Israelites who heard the good news accepted. Faith is accepting Christ.
9) It’s so simple people dismiss it. Also, it requires believing in the unseen (Christ) and many resist that. God hardens their hearts. Man by nature is evil. God is infinitely good. The two don’t mix very well.
10) “From hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” The Bible, which is full of the message and the words of Christ, will strengthen our faith as we read, absorb, contemplate, and pray on God’s Holy words. The more you study, the more doubt will be erased, and the more you are like Christ, and the more you can testify to others and spread the Good News.
11) Personal Question. My answer: Too many to choose! Always when I read or study the Bible something is renewed or strengthened or my understanding is deepened. Not one second is wasted. I turn to Him in the good and the bad. Frequently, God’s word is something I need to hear at that moment and God is so good to direct me! He is awesome!
Conclusions: One important point to bring forth in this passage is this: not all who hear God’s word will accept it. This is so important to keep in mind as we share the Good News. People aren’t rejecting us. They are rejecting God. Don’t take it personally. Remember God has already chosen who will come to Him. It is our job to put forth Him and let Him do the rest.
End Notes: People are not saved without trust. Many did not trust Isaiah or others who spoke of Jesus. In the first century, most people could not read. To know God and Christ, one had to be told. Thus, “hearing the message.” In our day, we are so blessed to be able to read the Word at our own pace, pray and think and contemplate it. There really is no excuse for saving faith.