But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed:
“Their sound has gone out to all the earth,
And their words to the ends of the world.”
19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:
“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,
I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”
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.”
— Romans 10:18-21.
Paul uses the Old Testament Scriptures and compares the response of the Gentiles, who have believed and come to know God’s blessing, and the Israelites who have rejected God’s calls. The Israelites are thus provoked to jealousy by seeing outsiders come to know the God who longs that they should turn to Him. Although God will judge sin, He confirms to Israel that ‘All day long I have stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people’. God is always willing to welcome returning sinners.